Fun Friday: A Common Spring Sighting




A common sight around Missouri right now, as spring rolls in … a male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) singing and displaying his bright red wing patches: This image was captured during my recent visit to Squaw Creek NWR, in northwest Missouri, but several of my rural neighbors have ponds and the Red-winged Blackbirds have been […]

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Has the Hurdle Been Cleared?




Today is the first official day of spring. Day by day, spring seems to be transitioning into Missouri … and not a day too early! A few days ago, I featured some photos of a male Red-winged Blackbird singing along the boardwalk at Green Cay Wetlands, Florida. Just yesterday, I was working out on the […]

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Sure Sign of Spring




One of the sure signs of spring is the male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus), perched and singing. Lately, my covered front porch has been taken over by a large group of red-winged blackbirds, feeding from my sunflower bird feeders. The photographs below were taken while I was photographing at Green Cay Wetlands in Florida, but […]

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Here a Blur, There a Blur




While looking through some older images, I found this interesting one of an extremely large and active mob of blackbirds. While photographing at Squaw Creek NWR in northwest Missouri, I came upon the active birds at around sunset. I especially love the crispness of the tree and perched birds, while the slow shutter speed rendered […]

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Yellow-headed Blackbirds




I don’t see these beauties much back home, so photographing them at Lee Metcalf NWR (southwest Montana) was a real treat:   And seeing a fledgling bird was even more fun:   The Yellow-headed Blackbird is a resident of marshy areas and often in company of the more common Red-winged Blackbird, which I’ll feature soon. […]

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Nesting Time!




During my past few kayak outings, there has been a lot of activity among the Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), particularly the females as they prepare their nest. Here are a few images I’ve captured during my last few outings. In this first image, a female closely approached my kayak as she foraged for nesting materials: […]

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Red with Envy




Just arrived back home from a grueling, but fun, week on the Platte River in south-central Nebraska. Late nights, combined with early mornings, left a little gap in the ole sleep schedule, but I had a wonderful and very rewarding experience on the Platte. One morning, I was photographing Sandhill Cranes that were moving from […]

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Lee Metcalf NWR, Part 3




Today’s post is the final one from the Lee Metcalf NWR and includes some other friends I met there, during my stopover on the way to Alaska. One of the cool birds that resides there is the Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus). We normally only see these birds back home (Missouri) for short periods of time, […]

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Red-Winged Wednesday




It seems like each and every day out in the kayak brings more Red-winged Blackbirds¬†(Agelaius phoeniceus)¬†near the kayak. Today while sitting in the kayak and hidden under some Buttonbush branches, this male Red-winged Blackbird flew in to the island I was sitting at and began to call and display all around the kayak. He got […]

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Red-winged Blackbird




One of my recent FOY (First of Year) birds seen from the kayak include the female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). The males have been around for quite a while, even feeding from my front porch birdfeeders, but the females have been scarce. And this was the only female I saw the other day during my […]

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