Sing a song of sixpence…

… a pocket full of rye.

Four and twenty blackbirds, flying in the sky!

Yesterday, my son and I stopped to have a snack at our nearby conservation area. I feel really fortunate to be able to take pictures like this just 5 minutes from my suburban house! (More on conservation area memberships another day).



Anyhow, while we were there, I managed to collect (photographically) a new “Species of the Week.” Today I present: Red Winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus).

The male Red Winged Blackbird is very easy to recognize by the red and yellow patch on the wing. You will find them in wetlands, among the cattails, often perched right on the tall grass. The female is brown and looks more like a large sparrow. They are extremely common here, and I can actually hear one outside my open window right now as I write.

IMG_20140609_110905Sorry about the photo. As it turns out, getting good pictures of birds is next to impossible while accompanied by a two-year old yelling and running in circles. Who knew?

I’m sure you know their call. It’s a wetland anthem. Here’s a clip that contains a few. The two long trills belong to the Red Winged Blackbird. (There’s another more chirpy (and louder) bird on the recording as well. Can anyone identify it for me?) (There is also a small human making noise at the end.)



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3 Responses to Sing a song of sixpence…

  1. Valerie says:

    BIRDS! My youngest is enamoured, and since our neighbourhood is filled with trees, they’re everywhere. Hard to get through a meal without a lot of pointing and yelling. (The dining table is right next to the patio doors.) Lucky you to have conservation area that close!

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