I'm just a backyard bird admirer and not overly knowledgeable about habits, but in the middle of the snowfall, we just had a female redwing blackbird at our suet feeder in Southeastern Michigan. Isn't that a rarity this time of year?
not common, Red-winged Blackbirds have been known to make appearances in Michigan
during the wintertime. Blackbirds usually leave Michigan soon after
nesting season is over but they don't have to. Most fly to the southern
and central states in huge male or female flocks, where they are
abundant especially on farms.
and a greater supply of food and water could be some reasons a few
Red-winged Blackbirds are still around. The cold doesn't bother them as
long as they can find enough food. Perhaps it is another result of
Young males also stick around
sometimes so they will be the first ones back to claim a nesting
territory in late Feb or early March.
You can view the normal Range Map at: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/id
- Fun Facts on Red-winged Blackbirds: http://bit.ly/q05Bos
- All about the Red-Winged Blackbird: http://bit.ly/qAeiyj
- Red-winged Blackbird info http://bit.ly/yQPs61
- Blackbird Battle http://bit.ly/xFsHIN
- Red-winged blackbirds attack hawk http://bit.ly/yaudwu