Yesterday, I spent the morning at Allegany State Park with Tom (a.k.a. mon@rch) learning about birds and bird banding. I had been thinking during my drive to the park that it was odd that we hadn’t caught a Red-winged Blackbird, since the habitat seems agreeable for them. “Ask and ye shall receive.” Look who was waiting for us at the first net check:
It doesn’t show terrifically well in this photo, but look closely at the top of her wing. I had no idea when looking at these birds in the field that the female has a bit of red on her wing, too. I thought she was all brown. When I searched Tom’s photostream in Flickr to find a picture of the male, I found this picture of a female that he took in June 2006. Look at all THAT red!
Maybe next time we’ll catch the male.
This is a great time of year for learning about all the plumage differences in birds – male vs female, juvenile vs adult. I borrowed the picture of the male at right from Tom (again)… We didn’t catch a male yesterday. But we did catch Mother and Fledgling:
There were plenty more birds, and there was plenty more learning… But I have to get ready for work now… So I’ll save them for future posts.