Thursday, May 19, 2011

Red-winged Blackbirds

They're bold and noticeable - "their wings are so crazy" says my Russian coworker - loud, gaudy, and perched in high, easily seen places to challenge each other with their raspy call and occasional sweet singing. When they get too close to each other, they chase each other in swoops and arches. Every now and then, though, you see the ones they do it all for: brown and cream and usually hidden away in rushes and reeds...

male red-winged blackbird

male red-winged blackbird

female red-winged blackbird

female red-winged blackbird

female red-winged blackbird

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