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Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Group

Agelaius phoeniceus

Description:

"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

Notes:

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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