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Red-winged blackbird

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.

Habitat:

The Red-winged Blackbird primarily breeds from Alaska and northwestern Canada south to northern Central America. In winter, northerly-breeding populations migrate south to the southern U.S.Populations breeding further south are generally non-migratory. Red-winged Blackbirds breed in wetland habitats, including freshwater and saltwater marshes, damp grasslands, and flooded rice fields.

Notes:

Saw a few of them flying around on my through Wilder Ranch State Park. This was sadly the only decent shot I got at that time, hope to get better ones in the future.

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AlexanderKaliczak
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AlexanderKaliczak

California, USA

Spotted on Apr 29, 2014
Submitted on Oct 7, 2014

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