About The River

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Red Winged Blackbird

 The Red-Winged Blackbird is one of my favorite birds.
♪ ♫ I love his song," O-ka-lee." ♪ ♫

 When we are out on the water canoeing we are presented with a show. Yes, I do think the Red-Winged Blackbird knows he is very pretty. He flies along and blances himself on a cattail and quickly lets out his "O-ka-lee" 
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The female looks as though she belongs to quite a different species. Most of us never recognize her unless we see her with her spouse.  She is well camouflaged for nesting in swamps and marshes. She is speckled with brown, black, white and orange. The male is a wonderful protector of his lady and nest. While canoeing we have gotten close to Red-Winged Blackbird  nests and he is very quick to tell us to be on our way!


  1. Very pretty. I've never seen one in person.

  2. Love the photos! And I love it that you gave us bird song pronunciation! Just this morning I saw a tiny little bird (not a gold finch) that had a very loud song. Had the same inflection as, 'I saw it, I saw it, I saw it.' Do you happen to know what that is? And then there's the cardinal that says, 'pweet, pweet, pweet...peeeeew, peeeeew.' LOL Have a great wonderful afternoon y'all. Isn't it gorgeous outdoors!!

  3. What beautiful pictures. I'm not sure I've ever seen a red winged blackbird...until now :)

  4. What amazing photos! We have those birds here in Florida but I can never get a good photo. You did great! Hugs!

  5. Such a fun bird especially when canoeing about. I remember as a novice birder spending a lot of time trying to figure out what this "giant sparrow" was only to finally realize it as a female red wing....:)

  6. I have fond memories of red-winged blackbirds. I used to see them all the time as a little boy growing up in the country :-)

  7. My grampa H use to say that when you saw a red wing, Spring was finally here..not the robin as so many folks in the North believe. Janice

  8. Such beautiful pictures! I do enjoy seeing them. Someday, I hope to know their songs like you do :)

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