Red-winged Blackbirds are considered pests by some farmers, and gems by
The male is black with a red and white patch of feathers on his wing.
The female is numerous shades of brown with a tiny hint of red on her
shoulders. She has s distinguishing pale stripe behind her eyes.
Red-winged Blackbirds weave carefully constructed nests in the wetlands
like this one in the Fire Flag. Then, of course, they need to fill the
Red-winged Blackbird eggs are a soft shade of blue with various darker
blue speckles and squiggles.
The mother bird spends most of her time sitting on her eggs.
And then finally, the little blue eggs hatch.
Now instead of resting on her nest, the female Red-winged Blackbird has
hungry chicks to feed.
She goes hunting, and brings back enough food for each of her three
You can see a bit of green bug in one chick's mouth, and mom sharing
more bugs with the next chick.
Once mom feeds the chicks, she pokes her beak beneath each of them
checking for baby poop. That's the white blob you see in her beak.
She'll fly off and drop it away from the nest so that creatures who
might otherwise eat her young do not smell them. All day long she hunts
for her young.
I've seen the father Red-winged Blackbird care for his chicks at a nest
I had more time to observe. Those babies are on
my first page about these birds