Bonanza Bird #14: The Red-winged Blackbird

Birdorable Red-winged Blackbird

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the Red-winged Blackbird. Red-winged Blackbirds are closely related to orioles and grackles. Here in northern Illinois, where we live, Red-winged Blackbirds are an early sign of spring. They return to nest in our county each after spending the winter further south. Hearing the first Red-winged Blackbirds calling on territory with their distinctive "konkaREE!" cry always means warmer weather is on the way soon.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird by Gary Grossman
What a Display!
What a Display! by vtpeacenik

Tomorrow's bird is an aerial forager who nests in cavities. Can you guess what it is?

Red-winged Blackbird Gifts


dominic morrell on July 20, 2010 at 9:22 AM wrote:
dominic morrell on July 20, 2010 at 9:23 AM wrote:
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Ashira on July 20, 2010 at 10:37 AM wrote:
Absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the flying one. C: Could it be some sort of flycatcher? A phoebe, perhaps? : D
dominic morrell on July 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM wrote:
did you mean forAger? if so, i say tree swallow.
Birdorable on July 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM wrote:
LOL Dominic, thanks for pointing out that unintended spelling error! There's no literature on this species' exploits in forgery. ;)
Ashira on July 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM wrote:
I saw that too. Hee hee. : D
A. on August 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM wrote:
Burrowing owl
lovey dovey on April 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM wrote:
I am totally obsessed with red-winged blackbirds! They are so beautiful!
Spurwing Plover on May 30, 2022 at 6:25 PM wrote:
I have seen lots of Red Wing Blackbirds they prefer the Farmland Areas and the use Willows for nesting
Spurwing Plover on June 11, 2022 at 6:06 AM wrote:
Onkaree Onkaree

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