Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Red-Winged Blackbird" - Photo of the Day June 16th, 2010

Red-Winged Blackbird - Photo of the Day June 16th, 2010
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"Red-winged Blackbird"

A red-winged blackbird clings to reeds in a marsh on a warm summer day. Taken in Bluffer’s Park on the shores of Lake Ontario in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring.

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  1. A perfect capture to represent the Red-wing BB ... I love this!

  2. Thanks Debbie. This is one of my favourites too!