Red-winged Blackbirds Singing for Camera Critters

by Larry Jordan on April 11, 2009

Red-winged Blackbird Just Prior To Singing photos by Larry Jordan

I was fortunate to visit Lema Ranch at a time when the Red-winged Blackbirds were mating and nest building.  The entire time I was watching them, I never saw a female but I witnessed several males defending their territories.  The photo above shows this gent “fluffing up” and showing his epaulets, just prior to beginning his song.

Then they begin singing their hearts out.  It is  a beautiful liquid melody.

And pretty loud too!

This is what the Red-winged Blackbird’s song sounds like.

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fishing guy April 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Larry: Very neat capture of the Red Winged Blackbird, I love their shoulder colors.

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Thomas April 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm

This is the first time I m seeing an image of this bird. The red on black is such a powerful contrast.

Thanks for sharing Larry.

Happy Easter.

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Adrienne April 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

These are great images! I just recently spent some time watching several at a marsh. I love to watch them puff up their wings when they sing.

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