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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Female red winged blackbird

Last night there was a wave of female Red-winged Blackbirds dining at the feeders. The Red-winged Blackbird males arrived in early March. Males are easy to identify with their pure black feathers accented with bright red shoulder patches edged in yellow. The female and juvenile are less obvious. They have heavily streaked under parts and mottled brown upperparts and can look like large sparrows.

They thrive in wetland areas but it is likely that this species will begin to feed more at bird feeding stations with the loss of natural habitat. For the most part, red-winged blackbirds feed on whatever they can find, feasting on insects and feeding on seeds and plant material. This helps control insect populations and weed populations through the consumption of seeds.

Flocks of all male or all female birds migrate north from the southern United States and Central America beginning in March and flock back south as early as August after nesting.

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- Red-winged Blackbird facts http://bit.ly/yQPs61
- Blackbird Battle http://bit.ly/xFsHIN
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- Watch for the Red-winged Blackbird to announce spring http://goo.gl/ADQLp3

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