A pond or lake without its quota of Red-Winged Blackbirds can hardly call itself aquatic.  The bird’s kon-kar-ree means water.  The males migrate in well ahead of the females so they can claim the best sites.Red-Winged Blackbird The red is only displayed when the male is guarding his territory.  When migrating with other males it doesn’t show.Red-Winged Blackbird

Female.Female Red-Winged Blackbird

Female gathering nest-building materials.Red-Winged Blackbird ♀ (Gathering Nest Materials)

Nest with a probable Cowbird egg.  This will be explained under Cowbirds.Red-Winged Blackbird Nest (speckled cowbird egg)

The nests are usually in cattails over water.Baby Red-Winged Blackbird

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