Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged BlackBird
Red-Winged Blackbird
Agelaius phoeniceus

The Red-Winged Blackbird is found most often in the trees overlooking the farm fields. They seem to love to sit on the power lines, or on the very tip of a corn stalk, waiting and watching.

They are very territorial and tend to live in large flocks. If any animal, including myself should wonder into what they perceive as their domain they will set up a racuous noise until you leave the area. This seems to be especially prevelent during nesting season.

The male bird is easily identified by the red shoulder markings. The females resemble sparrows, large ones, but the markings are similer except they do tent to have a tinge of red on the shoulder or throat.

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