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The Blackbird's Song
The Blackbird’s Song
Red-Winged Blackbird. West Swale Wetlands Chappell Marsh. Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Saskatoon, SKRed Winged Blackbird. Chappell Marsh. West Swale Wetlands. Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Saskatoon, SK, CA Chappell Marsh. West Swale Wetlands. Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Saskatoon, SK, CA Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) This is…
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birbmania · 3 days ago
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Juvenile red-winged blackbird . . . Delaware backyard . . . 6/7/21
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jazzeria · 5 days ago
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I told my partner this is a female Red-Winged Blackbird and he, quite understandably, did not believe me.
Oak Hammock Marsh, mid-late May 2021.
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mostlythemarsh · 7 days ago
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Territorial Little Bastard
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jazzeria · 8 days ago
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Red-winged blackbird, Oak Hammock Marsh, mid-late May 2021. In the second picture, he has something in his beak.
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photosbyrocco · 10 days ago
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Sound on to hear this little cutie's song 🎶
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drakomancy · 15 days ago
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male red-winged blackbird showing off his epaulets
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tiz-aves · 16 days ago
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[Species] | Red-winged blackbird
The red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a small to medium-sized new world blackbird that breeds from Alaska and Newfoundland to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Some isolated populations exist in El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.
In terms of size red-winged blackbirds are virtually always inbetween 17 and 23 centimetres, have a wingspan of maximum 40 centimetres and weigh inbetween 32 and 77 grams. They’re highly sexually dimorphic, and with their glossy black plumage and the red-and-yellow shoulder badges, males are hard to mistake. Females on the other hand are streaked, dark brownish overall, paler on the breast and often with a whitish eyebrow.
Most of them breed in marshes, brushy swamps and hayfields. In addition to the aforementioned habitats they also forage in cultivated land and along the edges of water, and a variety of open habitats such as fields, mudflats, pastures and feedlots. As for most birds the habitats vary slightly in and outside of breeding season, but overall stay the same.
Although individuals mostly forage by simpling walking on the ground, picking up edible items by sight, they sometimes also do it in shrubs or trees. Outside of breeding season they sometimes forage in flocks that can include other new-world blackbirds or starlings.
Most of a red-winged blackbird’s diet consists of insects and seeds. During the summer they feed on more insects, spiders, millipedes and snails, and during the rest of the year, seeds of grasses and weeds as well as waste grain, berries, and small fruits are consumed. Most of the annual diet of an adult is herbivorous.
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To defend their territory and attract a mate, males perch on a high stalk with feathers fluffed out and tail partly spread, singing at full volume. Males often have more than one mate. Both adults are very aggressive in nesting territory and attack larger birds that approach. Humans they usually don’t attack, but still loudly protest the presence of. The nest itself is placed in marsh growth like cattails or bulrushes, in bushes or saplings close to the water. It’s built by the female of grass, reeds, leaves, rootlets and lined with fine grass.
The female can lay up to 6 pale blue-green eggs with black, brown and purple markings. It is the only one to incubate the eggs, which takes a period of roughly 10 to 12 days. The young are fed by both parents, though the female usually does more. They are ready to leave the nest 11 to 14 days after hatching.
A study has revealed that populations and subspecies of red-winged blackbirds vary markedly in size and proportions. An experiment was conducted were nestlings were moved between populations. It found that they grew up to resemble their foster parents, indicating that instead of being genetically different, the differences are caused by the enviroment
Currently red-winged blackbirds are still among the most abudant birds of North America, but between 1966 and 2014 their populations have declined up to more than 30% according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Causes for that could be habitat loss, and of course the disapperance of many insects. The IUCN still evaluates them a species of least concern, with a total estimated breeding popualtion of 130 000 000.
Note: Wikipedia points out that the vocalisations of many western bicoloured blackbirds are ooPREEEEEom.
Photo credits: AL Solis, Micheal Oberman
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birbmania · 17 days ago
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Red-winged blackbird, female . . . Delaware backyard . . . 5/25/21
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Little Known Facts About Edible Cattails - And Why They Matter
Little Known Facts About Edible Cattails – And Why They Matter
So, cattails and you, and why all parts of the cattail plant are amazing for a wild spring, summer or fall harvest. “The shoots or hearts, also known as “Cossack asparagaus,” are best harvested in spring or early summer, prior to the devlopment of the flower stalk” source So after harvesting the shoots, just rinse, soak in vinegar for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. <a href="http://&lt;!–…
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michael-massa-micon · 19 days ago
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Tri-color Red-winged Blackbird - April 2021 I wasn’t sure what this bird was when I first saw it. I am more familiar with the Bi-colored Red-Winged Blackbirds of the Midwest that show a large red patch on their wings even when on the ground. And I have seen the “Typical Blackbird” with a yellow stripe visible when their wings are folded. But this was the first time that I had seen the Tri-colored with the white stripe showing when the wings were folded. I followed these birds all over the campground trying to get an image with their wings open and the red patch showing but I wasn’t successful. They were too busy hopping around in the puddles from the heavy rain picking off any insects that had crawled up on the high grass to escape the water. MWM
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and-speak · 19 days ago
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these red-winged blackbirds were being so vocal with one another recently in the secret forest. i’m not knowledgeable enough to distinguish what they were chatting about, but it was so cool to watch and listen to!
[image description: four photographs of red-winged blackbirds, one male and one female, perched on stalks of cattail grasses. the female has a worm in their beak, and the male has their beak open to vocalize. end image description.]
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birbmania · 20 days ago
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Red-winged blackbird, female . . . Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Milton, Delaware . . . 5/17/21
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