Wednesday, November 23, 2022

RED WING BLACKBIRD

 

This is a young Red-wing blackbird photographed several years ago at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria.  We are way overdue to revisit but I think it will be next spring before we get there again.  

Their bird song is one of the first I learned to recognize.  There is a video here if you would like to listen to its song, and here for more information about them.  When it's bright red and yellow shoulder patch is at its most beautiful, if you catch one of these birds in the sunlight, it is absolutely stunning.

For those of us celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful day with your families and friends.  





38 comments:

  1. I have never seen one this young with such a pale patch, very interesting! Wishing you a great thanksgiving!

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    1. They look quite different don't they but the beginnings of them? Thanks Ginny and have a great Thanksgiving also :)

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  2. That one looks like he has his winter feathers on. Happy Turkey Day! Linda in Kansas

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    1. I know what you mean Linda. Thank you, I wish you the same :)

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  3. Yet another glorious bird that I would love to see...

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    1. Thanks Sue, I would love to see the birds that visit your garden :)

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  4. The red wing black bird looks different from raven!

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    1. Yes it does, and it's smaller than a raven also. Thank you Roentare :)

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  5. I've seen quite a few. As soon as I see that red patch, I know instantly what it is.

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    1. They are very recognizable. I remember the delight I felt when I first saw them years ago :) Thanks Ann!

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  6. Beautiful shot of the Redwing Blackbird. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
    Take care, have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen. I wish you the same, plus a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family also.

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  7. I've never heard of this bird. Stunning with its red and yellow patch.

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    1. Hello Jo, I'm glad I introduced it to you , thank you :)

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    1. Muito obrigado. Estou feliz que você gostou da minha foto. Um abraço e continuação de boa semana :)

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    1. Here too, I always look forward to seeing them. Thanks William :)

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  10. I love them. They are harbingers of spring for us!

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    1. Thank you Jenn, and a lovely harbinger at that :)

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  11. such a pretty picture!! they are one of my favorites and we see a lot of them here. one year i even had a male and female at my feeders!! i don't know if i have ever seen a young one!! have a wonderful holiday, i hope someone is cooking for you!!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie :) I spotted a few at our feeders this year. Normally I have to wait until I can get to Huntley Meadows where they are abundant :) You have a wonderful holiday too. We are doing the cooking but with the two of us it's a breeze, and fun :)

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving from us in Hawaii.

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    1. Thank you Gigi and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving too :)

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  13. Love your photo of the young red-winged blackbird, Denise. Such a sweet birdsong he has! Have a lovely day tomorrow, my friend!

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    1. Hello My Friend :) Happy you enjoyed him, he has a beautiful song doesn't he? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family tomorrow :)

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  14. The red winged blackbird is beautiful. I love the orange yellow markings on its wing. The call it makes is unusual. Your Thanksgiving will be special. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you Linda :) those markings do make it special. Thank you also for your Thanksgiving greetings! I know it isn't celebrated over there but you have a happy day too whatever you will be enjoying.

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  15. Lovely looking bird.
    Enjoy tomorrow.

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  16. Lovely to see this bird.

    All the best Jan

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