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Red-winged blackbird (♂)

Agelaius phoeniceus


This male red-winged blackbird put on a show for the nearby females, who were watching from the reeds (which are seen in the foreground). He puffed out his wings to display the bright red shoulder patches and sang.


Seen in a cattail marsh not far from Tanglewood Nature Center. Elevation > 1200 feet.


I have shots of one of the female blackbirds that he was trying to woo, as well. One of the male's competitors is pictured nearby (photo 3).

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1 Comment

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 months ago

Thank you very much, Tukup. It is hard for anyone to do these birds, or any other animal, justice with the human creation that is a camera. :-)

Tukup 5 months ago

Even though they are plenteous in the Midwest where I grew up, I have yet to get a decent picture of one. I have several pictures, but none do them justice. This was a good catch Mauna. Thanks.

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

New York, USA

Lat: 42.11, Long: -76.88

Spotted on Apr 28, 2019
Submitted on May 5, 2019

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