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Red-winged Blackbird Female

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

People often think of the Red-winged Blackbird strictly as a species of ponds, cattails and marshes, but they can be found in all sorts of old and wet fields, pastures, coastal grasslands and even golf courses with areas of water. Their ability to take to a sizable variety of habitats has helped them become one of the most abundant birds on the continent. Here we have a female who was vocalizing because of a nearby nest. In a couple of months they will be starting to form flocks and staging before heading south. While most of the species will leave our area some will push through the autumn and winter with us, and others will come here from points north to use us as a wintering grounds. For now their concern is getting those young ready for the world during the heat of summer.

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