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Spring is Here - The male Red-winged Blackbirds are back!

Nature Center Staff have been hearing, and seeing, male Red-winged Blackbirds around the nature center.

  • Males arrive before the females to set up, and defend, their territories.
  • They like wetland areas but can be found in drier habitats with grass-like plants.
  • Males do everything they can to get noticed by the females while letting other males know "This is MY spot".
  • Males aggressively defend their territories against other blackbirds, larger birds and even humans!
  • A male Red-winged blackbird is on constant duty during the breeding season, guarding 5 to 15 females.

  

The males loud call, "Conk-cha-ree", along with their habitat of spreading their tails and wings and puffing out their shoulder patches, is designed for getting attention!

  • Females are brown and keep a low profile in the grasses and cattails. They aren't spotted as easily as the males.
  • Females weave intricate cup-shaped nests out of plant material.
  • The nests are usually close to the water or the ground but hidden in dense vegetation.

To learn more about these interesting songbirds visit http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/red-winged-blackbird  


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