I went to the trout pond near Coopers Rock State Forest the other day and spent a little time stalking the wily Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus
). This is supposedly one of the most abundant living land bird in North America. I had to think about that statement for a moment. Are there abundant dead land birds? Perhaps they meant zombie passenger pigeons.
Anyway, red-winged blackbirds are not at all common for me, so I was happy to catch a few good shots.
The next on is also a red-winged blackbird, but it doesn't have the red wings. From what I've read, that indicates that it's an immature male.
I don't speak blackbirdese, so I couldn't tell off-hand that his tweets were immature.
Finally, there's a little pavilion by the pond, where there must have been at least half a dozen barn swallows nesting. After waiting for several minutes, a few of them began returning to their nesting area.
They're actually pretty colorful birds. Unfortunately, this shot doesn't show off the blue upper back.
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