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Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-02 22:00
Viewed: 1892
Points: 2
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This bird! I call them 'cookie' birds :)

Since my first day in this country, this bird had been around me... not in plenty, but they were there. I was totally amazed by its beauty, temperaments and way of calling...
I just don't know why this bird was always furious at those tiny House Finches... extremely possessive about his some particular trees (as if he was the patent holder of those trees and simply won't allow other birds to sit on it!)... I also noticed this bird taking baths during early in the morning only, and never after that!
Man, am loving the experiences with this bird! :)

This is a Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). And yes, a male. I had seen a photo of this bird, first, in TN only... few months back... don't remember who had uploaded, but i clearly remember that i was quite amazed out of its beauty, and had written a critique.

To know more about these birds, visit the links below:
How He Calls
About This Bird I
About This Bird II
Fun Facts

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To tuslaw: unique call!rubyfantacy 2 06-03 17:32
To drchoneydew: your country..rubyfantacy 1 06-03 15:05
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HI RUBY!! :0) i can almost HEAR him while viewing your photo! He flew by me today actually..you sure have to be quick to capture this beauty, you did a great job and thank you for sharing him with us!

Hello neighbor,
A great shot of this male Red-winged Blackbird. This angle really shows off it's beautifully colored wing patch. I am glad you find him interesting, as they are truly an attractive bird with quite a unique call.
We have many here in Ohio, and they will actually come to a feeded if it is filled with black sunflower seeds. We have them feeding at our feeder quite often right beside House Finches, without any fights breaking out.
They are extremely protective of their nesting areas, and will try to run off even a human if they get too close. I'm betting there is a nest nearby, which is the reason that this particular bird goes crazy whenever a finch comes close to the tree. I have never seen them nest in trees, only in thick brush near the ground, so keep an eye out for their well hidden nest.
At times they gather in groups of hundreds, perhaps even thousands along with other species of blackbirds, which is a special treat all it's own. This is such a beautiful sight when you see all those bright red and yellow wing patches flickering together as they fly by.
If you care to view such a sight check out this link.

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