Thursday, 20 March 2014

Mystery bird : female red-wing blackbird

Not a starling? Can you help me ID it? We DO NOT have greenery like this right now, this photo is from last year, but this bird is giving me a hard time.


I think Margaret is right! uCornell shows them!





12 comments:

Margaret E. Dent said...

It looks like it could be a red-winged black bird female. How big was it? A bit smaller than robin size?

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Thank you, Margaret.
It would have been, I think. There were two of them.
That makes perfect sense.
Those females are tricky, aren't they?!
Once friends pin them down, it's easier to confirm them! uCornell shows them!

Hilary said...

Yup.. that's her, alright. :)

Christine said...

glad you got an id, I'm really bad at this.

DeniseinVA said...

I recognized the Red-winged blackbird right away. There's a marshy area we go to where they are abundant but the females and juveniles give me a harder time to id. I enjoyed your photos and I'm looking forward to hearing their trill again. They have such a distinctive call.

eileeninmd said...

I was surprised when I saw my first female REDwing Blackbird.. Great post and photos. Have a happy weekend!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the red-wing black bird.

Red said...

This one's a mystery to me. You must have some avid birders who follow you!

Debbie said...

ooohhhh Jennifer, you should get a bird book, it is so fun to I.d. the birds!! I make notes on the pages, dates, habits, how often I see them and what they like to eat!!

Those red wings visit my feeders but I have never gotten a good close up!! Your images are beautiful!!

Cloudia said...

we have a winner!



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

=^..^= <3

Cloudia said...

we have a winner!



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

=^..^= <3

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I am very keen on birds but of course not at all familiar with those from your part of the world...That would certainly look like a starling to this eye - I defer to the more experienced! The male is certainly a looker... YAM xx