Wild Bird Wednesday–Red-winged Blackbirds

We had a whole flock of visitors today, just in time for Wild Bird Wednesday!

Quite a variety of migrating birds. The hint of red, or just the yellow stripe is the giveaway to the red-winged blackbirds.

Quite a variety of migrating birds. The hint of red, or just the yellow stripe is the giveaway to the red-winged blackbirds.

A shot that covers most of the feeding stations in our yard.

A shot that covers most of the feeding stations in our yard.

Oak tree full of birds. The sky was exceptionally pretty today.

Oak tree full of birds. The sky was exceptionally pretty today.

The male and female. You can see a hint of light-colored eye stripe on the female. I think she is one of the prettiest birds that visit us.

The male and female. You can see a hint of light-colored eye stripe on the female. I think she is one of the prettiest birds that visits us.

If you’d like to see more Wild Birds, or have some to share, check out Stewart’s blog. The link will open a new browser window.

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45 thoughts on “Wild Bird Wednesday–Red-winged Blackbirds

    • Thanks, Stewart. I read they flock at night in the millions (allaboutbirds.org), spread over 50 miles a day in search of food, then flock together again at night. I’m glad they didn’t ALL stop here, but it would have made a great picture. 🙂

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  1. Red winged blackbirds are so pretty – love that little strip of red! In your third photo, the sky looks like it does in my Wordless Wednesday photo today! (My bird today is a tiny bit larger than yours, though!)

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  2. Holy Smokes Patti! That is something!! We see maybe one Red-Winged on our road out to the highway. Perched on the tippy top of some Maiden Hair Grass. That is quite a party there!
    Good Morning Patti! Enjoy your Wednesday, and make it Wordy.. 🙂

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    • I think they’re headed your way, Ellen. 🙂 I packed ’em a lunch and gave them a map. One pair has stayed in the area the last couple of years. I’m only aware of the long, shrill blast the male makes as he sits atop the feeder pole and announces his arrival.

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    • I should have known the mathematical genius that follows my blog (you, Robert) would come up with a measurement like that! Another flock came by today. Not as many red-winged blackbirds, but the number of brown-headed cowbirds was, well, innumerable.

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