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Red-winged Blackbirds are considered pests by some farmers, and gems by some birders.
Male Red-winged Blackbird singing on the rail to distract us from his nest
Female Red-winged Blackbird with a bug in her mouth
The male is black with a red and white patch of feathers on his wing.
Red-winged Blackbird nest in a fire flag plant- the female bird is sitting on three eggs
Red-winged Blackbirds mating
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 nest.
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.
Three pale blue speckled Red-winged Blackbird eggs in a nest
Mother Red-winged Blackbird sitting on her eggs
And then finally, the little blue eggs hatch.
Red-winged Blackbird female sitting sitting on her eggs
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 babies.
You can see a bit of green bug in one chick's mouth, and mom sharing more bugs with the next chick.
Red-winged Blackbird, hungry chick
Three sleeping Red-winged Blackbird chicks, the third is on the bottom right of the nest
Hungry Chick: Red-winged Blackbirds in their nest
Red-winged Blackbird chick being fed bugs by its mom
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.
Female Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird mother bringing green bugs to her chicks
Red-winged Blackbird feeding her chick green bugs
Red-winged Blackbird removing feces from her nest
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