There are lots of Red-winged Blackbird (RWBB) nests in our wetland at this time of year – and they’re easily recognizable. The females have expended enormous energy and time building these intricate woven baskets, slung between the upright branches of low marsh shrubs. Here is one of the busy moms sitting on her eggs – and her chicks are just about ready to hatch!These hungry hatchlings in a nearby nest are only 2-3 days old. Red-winged Blackbird chicks are altricial, meaning that, “When the eggs hatch, the young are blind, uncoordinated, and dependent on care from adults.” (BioKids)Both male and female feed the young – this little brood is getting a tasty, fat green worm!I was so excited to witness this exchange between the male and the newly hatched chicks!! Once the nestlings were fed, the parent cleaned the nest by removing this fecal sac, the capsule-like object (wrapped in a white mucous membrane) seen above in the male’s beak. The wonders of nature~!!The ever-present male RWBBs are also very protective, and faithfully guard the nesting the area, fiercely warning off any intruders.