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Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Group

Agelaius phoeniceus


"One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring"Cornell Lab Ornithology


It was pouring down rain slowing to light but steady rain then back to pouring all morning. When the rain let up a bit, all the birds were at the feeders, including this "new to me" Red-winged Blackbird at the Suet Feeder. He landed a tree with a second one, but only this one came to the feeder. When they flew off, they flew off together.

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Decatur, Georgia, USA

Lat: 33.77, Long: -84.30

Spotted on Jan 21, 2012
Submitted on Jan 21, 2012

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