Posts Tagged ‘Red-winged Blackbird’

I love to watch birds hopping on and off my feeder in the backyard.  I also love the sound of their manic early morning chirping as dawn breaks and they descend upon the feeder for breakfast.  Mostly we get Sparrows and Chickadees, Morning Doves, sometimes a pair of Cardinals.  I have a couple of Blue Jays who periodically visit, not to eat from the feeder but rather to steal some of the peanuts left out on the table for the squirrels.  The jays do not have a pleasant voice at all but they are beautiful to look out and bold enough to land on the table or porch rail even though we are present.  Soon, as Spring overcomes winter, there will come a day when all of sudden I hear a lilting song and I know that the Red-Winged Blackbird has arrived!

Over the years we’ve been visited by Grossbeaks, Woodpeckers, Yellow Finches, House Finches, Cowbirds, Starlings, Robins as well as Blackbirds, and of course pigeons (those I chase away).  AND we get Grackles, those iridescent beauties.  They are part of the Starling family and by many, not considered to be an exciting siting.

I disagree! Their luminous feathers literally reflect sunlight, they gleam in the sunshine and as they move around (they are ground feeders) their colors shimmer as their shading goes from blue to purple to green.

Sapphire Blue

Sapphire Blue

Purple Wings

Purple Wings

Sitting Pretty

Touches of Teal Blue

Aquamarine Throat

Aquamarine Throat

Nature's Gradient Colors

Nature’s Gradient Colors

All photos courtesy Murray Head


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Central Park is full of wildlife, each with his or her own story.  Yesterday Murray was in the Hallet Nature Sanctuary.  This area is a four-acre preserve located just  northwest of the Pond at 5th Avenue and Central Park South.

He came upon a beautiful Egret in an area of the Pond where it had not been before.

white egret, Hallet Nature Sanctuary, Central Park

Great White Egret

Although not intentional, apparently she was intruding the Red Wing Blackbirds territory.  The couple swooped down, tried to shoo the Egret away.

Hallet Nature Sanctuary, Egret, Red wing blackbird

” Go Away Now”

Not to be easily deterred, Madam Egret continues to wander eastward.  Mrs. Red Wing Blackbird, visibly upset that the Egret has not yet left, decides to make a more pointed statement, literally.

Hallet Nature Sanctuary, preserve, Central Park

“Really Now, You Must Leave”

The Egret was not moved!  Two women in the kitchen, a cat fight underway, Mr. Red Wing Blackbird takes upon himself to intervene.  He was not going to put up with this nonsense….the Egret had to go!

“Hey, Lady, You Gotta Go”

Finally, Madam Egret decides it’s in everyone’s best interest that she move on.  She thinks, “After all, the Pond is big enough for all of us…and besides I’m a bigger bird than they are”.

The Pond, 5th Avenue and Central Park South

Just Minding My Own Business

And at the other side of the Pond, on the West bank, the Bull Frog sat and watched the whole episode.

Hallet Nature Sanctuary, Central Park

“Silly birds” Ribbett

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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