Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus; Tijuana Estuary Preserve. I found this bird singing up a storm up high on a tree overlooking the horsetail bog. Most of his breeding bretheren were in the bog proper, perching on the huge horsetails. They would periodically fly out to catch bugs and search for seeds and other food, only to retreat to the safety of the bog when the camera got too close. This one, however, let me get close enough to get a decent picture. Red-winged Blackbirds range up to Canada and the Northern States in the Summer and Winter as far south as Central America. These were Wintering here in sunny San Diego. Their numbers are apparently in decline due to habitat loss to humans.

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