Birderday Supplement: Red-Winged Blackbirds

I haven’t seen any of these fine beasties in the city before. And I’m pretty sure this flock wandered into the city quite recently, because they’re very skittish about people. Whenever I even got near their tree they fled.

More cats soon… Autumn got some kitty pictures for me, but I haven’t managed to get them from her yet.

Male Bi-Colored Red-Winged Blackbird (agelaius phoeniceus gubernator)

I never realized until recently that red-winged blackbirds are one of the most common birds in North America.

Male Bi-Colored Red-Winged Blackbird (agelaius phoeniceus gubernator)

Apparently these guys are a local-ish sub-species, the bi-colored red-winged blackbird (agelaius phoeniceus gubernator). The regular red-winged blackbird has a yellow stripe above the red, easily visible when they’re flying; these guys didn’t.

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