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May 12, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Vince, it does sound like an unlikely habitat for blackbirds and my guess is their is some water within a 1/4 mile or so? They're just enjoying your patch for some easy food!
Carrie, I find that the blackbirds are more prevalent at my feeder in the spring, and as summer arrives, they're less common. Let us know if this is the same for you!


I've had my first Red-Winged Blackbirds at my feeder this year. At first I had just 1 or 2 and now they seem to have told their friends because they arrive 6-10 strong. They are a bit intimidating to the finches, but they share pretty well. Thank you for these beautiful pictures and information.


After 10 years of feeding birds, we just saw our first red-winged black bird and his female clinging to our peanut chip feeder! We live in a heavily wooded area and never expected to see them in our yard! What a nice Christmas Eve surprise. I hope they return soon.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Larry - it's been interesting this year as they have been around more, but it is just a hop-skip-and-jump away to their little habitat. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Larry Jordan

Nice post on the Red-winged Blackbird Nancy. I always enjoy them but never get them at my feeders, being several miles from any RWBL habitat. Just wandering near a bulrush laden pond where these birds are breeding livens the senses with sight and sound. I think the females are beautiful in their own right too.

The Zen Birdfeeder

NatureFootstep - anywhere else, you'd be in trouble with that comment! Thanks for stopping by. ;)
Bob K - thanks for you comment. The color rendering may be off a little on last photo; I'm sure it's a RWBL.

Bob K

Very informative treatise on the Red-winged Blackbirds! The bird in the last photo might be a Tri-colored though (the shoulder patch being white and not yellow?)

NatureFootstep Photography

I agree with you, that is a beautiful bottom. :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen - so nice to have "out of habitat" visitors, even if only for a limited time!


We've had a few Red-winged Blackbirds visiting our feeders regularly this spring. It's funny, because this is definitely the wrong habitat for them, but they are out there, giving their "kooka-ree" call every day.

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