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Redwing blackbird

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Redwing Blackbird on Cattail Remains 7214A

Just as I’ve seen redwing blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) do in Austin, one had landed on a cattail stalk at the Volo Bog State Natural Area in Lake County, Illinois, on June 7th. This male seemed to be showing annoyance at our presence, or perhaps alarm, given how close the boardwalk passed to a nest with eggs in it.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 21, 2016 at 4:10 AM

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  1. That’s certainly not a serenade.


    July 21, 2016 at 4:54 AM

  2. Classic redwing pose. Nicely captured, Steve. Often in the early spring they can be caught with steam accompanying their song.

    Steve Gingold

    July 21, 2016 at 6:07 AM

    • Now that would be a picture. I didn’t find any redwing blackbirds on your blog, but perhaps you have a steamy picture in your archives.

      This is another of the relatively few species that Texas and Massachusetts share.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2016 at 6:12 AM

      • No, I don’t have any Redwing images. I’ve seen a few over the years, mainly on NatureScapes.Net but haven’t captured one myself.

        Steve Gingold

        July 21, 2016 at 2:06 PM

  3. They are good at scolding passers-by.

    Jim Ruebush

    July 21, 2016 at 7:04 AM

  4. What a fantastic portrait of that bird!


    July 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM

  5. I think you are being given your marching orders! Great shot of a handsome fellow


    July 21, 2016 at 2:34 PM

  6. I’m sure I’ve said before how much I enjoy these birds. They were part of my Iowa years, clinging to cornstalks or prairie grasses and singing duets with the meadowlarks. Now, when they come through the coast, they’ll cling to sailboat rigging in the same way, and sing the same song.

    Huge flocks of them were at Brazoria during the spring migration. It’s a funny experience, because they stay hidden in the reeds and grasses. You know there are hundreds of birds there, but can’t see a single one, until part of the flock suddenly explodes into the sky.


    July 21, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    • Redwing blackbirds seem to be everywhere. Steve Gingold has seen them, you grew up with them and encounter them again now along the Texas coast, and I see them often enough in Austin—even if I had to go to Illinois to get a decent picture of one. The group at Volo Bog weren’t hiding in the way you describe, so I’ve yet to see an explosion. It must be quite a sight.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2016 at 11:00 PM

  7. […] how different the female redwing blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is from the male. Like the previous photograph, this one comes from the Volo Bog State Natural Area in Lake County, […]

  8. What a beautifull bird !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    July 25, 2016 at 5:21 AM

    • Redwing blackbirds are common in many parts of the United States, including right here in Austin.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 25, 2016 at 5:24 AM

  9. It’s funny~as common as these birds are, I seldom see a nice picture of one. Nice going, Steve.


    August 8, 2016 at 10:25 AM

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