Friday, May 25, 2007

Red-winged Blackbird

New to my feeders!
Just one male came to the feeders this morning.
He had a few seeds and went on.
I have seen the Red-winged Blackbird in the country just never at my feeders.
So far in May I have seen 42 different species of birds either in the yard or flying over the house.
Backyard birding is fun!


Deb said...

42 different species! Wow - how fantastic. This is the first year that we have also had the red-winged blackbird in our garden. We always see them along the highways but, like you, this is the first year they have been to our feeders.

Sheila said...

Wow! your yard is obviously the in place to dine, for our feathered friends. I've seen these birds around marshes and water, but never at a feeder.

Q said...

Hi Deb,
I think for a small back yard I am doing really well. There are over 400 species in my area but I most likely will not be able to have all of those come to the feeders! Some are water fowl and my ponds are way to small for them!
I am wondering, since you are seeing Red Wings too if maybe the food supply out in the wild is not enough?
It is nice to see and hear them but I am somewhat concerned. I heard more dirt digging machines today so more habitat is being distroyed. So sad.
Have a great weeekend.

Q said...

Hi Sheila,
I do seem to have the 24 hour, all you can eat, hot spot!
I also have seen them at the water's edges, usually where the cattails grow. At our son's house, in the country, I watched a family of Red Wings at his pond. They were beautiful.
Seeing one at my house was a thrill. I was so close too as the feeding station is right off the deck. I was about 6 feet from this rather shy bird. I think he was hungry. I saw him again this afternoon.
It is fun yet as I was telling Deb, a concern for me.

Mary said...

You are certainly getting a variety! I like the red-winged blackbirds. They are loud but are very sharing and sociable here. They are very common wherever I have lived.

Chrissie said...

Thank you for these pics, Q. I don't think we have this bird in the UK, only the common all black blackbird! They do look smart :-). 42 different species is fantastic, well done and thank you on their behalf for all the care you give them :-)

Q said...

Hi Mary,
I have never seen the Red Wing Blackbirds in the parks or in my backyard.
I too like them.

Q said...

Hi Chris,
It is so interesting to me to see your "common" birds too.
Thank you for thanking me!
I do spend lots of time caring for all these birds. I love them and enjoy it.