A Passerine Bird


Feb 15, 2020

Picture of the Week

Male Red Winged Black Bird
taken February 13, 2020
F-Stop: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 1/250sec; ISO 300
focal length: 400mm (telephoto lens)
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
(Amazon: The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of birds of the world)

The other day – the 13th – there was a flurry of activity at the bird feeder nearest the house. Mostly Morning Doves and Grackles, and I was sitting at the kitchen table, taking pics through the bay window when three or four Red Winged Blackbirds flew up. None of the birds were eating from the feeder – except a purple finch and maybe a house wren or two. I’ve never seen the red winged blackbirds so close to the house! It really did make my day!! That I was able to get a couple of good photos of them before they flew off… I was happy!

I’ve been hearing them most of the week in the morning, but haven’t been able to find them.

What does it mean when you see a red winged black bird? It means that you need to draw out from inner self that beautiful you, bring out the courage and the best in you. You will not fear being put in the middle of a crowd, as you will show confidence and exhibit courage…standing out in the midst of the crowd, showing your gifted talents and abilities.

They are seen as the coming of spring… having this totem will enable you to do something that can positively affect you, like creating a legacy.

Red winged black birds are important predators on invertebrates in their breeding grounds and can have a large impact on grain and seed availability in their winter flocks. Another species of bird, the brown-headed cowbird, uses redwinged blackbirds as a host to raise their young. During the breeding season, the preferred habitat is marsh, wet lands. Red-winged blackbirds can be found in cattail, tule, sedge, and salt marshes as well as in wetlands. They are also found in wet shrubby fields, at the edge of secondary growth, hay fields, old fields, pastures, and even urban parks. During the winter, red-winged blackbirds are found in open fields and croplands. http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Agelaius_phoeniceus/

Female red winged black birds lack the red stripe. I got a photo of a female, but it didn’t turn out… think of grackles, with a yellow stripe on their wings and a little more black than brown.

To hear what a red winged black bird sounds like, click here (youtube)

“Peace is not merely the absence of conflict in your life. It is also the defeat of the self doubt that was in your path.”
~ Dodinsky

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

The photo is linked to The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds of the World at Amazon. It is 512 pages and published by Lorenz Books. (I am an Amazon affiliate and earn from qualifying purchases)

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