Sunday, May 31, 2015 Red-winged Blackbird.

Seward, Alaska

Ava called to report a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD feeding in her yard on dropped suet bits. When he flew to nearby perches, he was hard to see but easy to hear with all his various whistles and songs. Ava did not see two at once, but suspected there might be two, judging from the calls.

Later that afternoon, I found a juvenile male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD at the mile 1 Nash Road wetlands, which is not far from Ava’s Place. He sat at the top of a dead spire, singing “Coke-a-Reeeee!” loudly in case any other Red-wings were listening within a mile. His shoulder patch was more orangish than red, but will continue to develop to match his attitude.

It is interesting that another Red-wing Blackbird was recently reported at Potter’s Marsh in Anchorage. While Seward has had this species before, it is uncommon and very irregular.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter 

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