Male Red-winged Blackbirds are predominantly black with red and yellow coverts that appear like epaulets on their wings. The females are duller, less conspicuous with a white stripe over their eyes.
Many cattails surrounding the retention pond attracted several male Red-winged Blackbirds. This was the first day this year I spotted females, and they were selecting a mate.
Lat: 41.82, Long: -88.06
Spotted on Mar 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 24, 2012