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Female Red Wing Black Birds on Cattails.


This big flock of birds flew in last week, they are eating the seeds in the cattails. There are hundreds of these birds.


Migrating from the north to the south for winter.


This plant is not a healing agent, but is used as preventative medicine. It is an easily digestible food helpful for recovering from illness, as it is bland. Most all parts of the plant, except for the mature leaves and the seed head, are edible. Due to wide-spread growing areas, it is a reliable food source all across America. The root has a very high starch content, and can be gathered at any time. Preparation is very similar to potatoes, and can be mashed, boiled, or even mixed with other foods. The male plant provides a pollen that is a wonderful source of protein. It can be added as a supplement to other kinds of flour when making breads.

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p.young713 12 years ago

Thank You Emma!! That was a great link!! It explains all the migrating patterns!!
It looks like the males migrate first. Very interesting data! :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago
This link might answer some of your questions.

p.young713 12 years ago

Thank you, Emma! Your spotting of the male is very good, the colors are pretty!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago,
@ pyoung,
interesting to know that red winged blackbirds nest in cat tails!
great spotting!!

p.young713 12 years ago

Thank you all! I learn so much on this website!! I did not know that they nest in the cattails but did see that they use it for nesting materials. I was fascinated with the Hugh flock of them, they fly in odd zigzag patterns.

ceherzog 12 years ago

Red-winged Blackbirds nest in cattails, by the way. Nice shots pyoung!

PeterChereshnoski 12 years ago

They do migrate, as a matter of fact I haven't seen any up here....I also noticed that there were no Adult males in your photo....not sure why......

p.young713 12 years ago

Oh! Thank You Karen!! That explains it!!

KarenL 12 years ago

They could also be juveniles - males look exactly like adult females.

p.young713 12 years ago

I wonder why there were all these females in photo #3. I did not see males?

p.young713 12 years ago

Thank You!! Do they migrate?

PeterChereshnoski 12 years ago

This is a female Red-Winged Blackbird.....

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Tampa, Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 23, 2011
Submitted on Sep 25, 2011

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