Did you know that “Red-winged Blackbirds are one of the most polygamous of all bird species [?] They have been observed to have as many as 15 females nesting in the territory of a single male. On average, a single male has roughly five females in its territory.” (WildlifeUnlimited, All About Birds) The females build […]
And so melodious! The Red-winged Blackbirds are increasing in numbers and activity every day here in our wetland marshes. I love listening to their morning songs…. And all their other wonderful songs and calls – check them out here: All About Birds.
The mornings and evenings are a bit cooler now, and the days are not nearly as humid anymore. Heading into everyone’s favorite time of year in southeast Florida! The warblers are here, and soon our resident wetland birds will begin the busy months of courting and nesting☀️
Mr. and Mrs. Red-winged Blackbird, above, take turns feeding the nestlings, and chasing off intruders. ‘Females build the nests by winding stringy plant material around several close, upright stems and weaving in a platform of coarse, wet vegetation.’ (All About Birds) Sometimes, as shown here, it is remarkable that the nest is sturdy enough to stay […]
Hard to believe that birds often build their nests in places that are so readily visible to human passersby. These images were all taken from separate and distinct nesting areas – there are many this time of year.
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 […]
Sometimes a seemingly ‘random’ collection of photos doesn’t really ‘tell a story’, but I want to post them as a tribute to the wonders of nature all around me. Maybe the ‘story’ is a reminder to be thankful and never to take this beauty for granted. These little wonders also make me think of one […]
We often consider male songbirds more beautiful and striking than females, since their feathers are usually showier and more colorful. Yet Smithsonian published an article last year about some fascinating research, which now reveals that Drab Female Birds Were Once As Flashy As Their Male Mates. [A great, short read!] The authors describe new studies […]
The Red-winged Blackbird nesting season has been in full swing these past few weeks, and LOTS of chicks, like the one above, are beginning to pop their heads up and peek out among the reeds and leaves. Many baby birds are fledging now, venturing out on their own, away from the nest, on the rocky road […]