Red Winged Blackbird


Male Red Winged Blackbird in feeder.

Our feeder has been visited  daily by 2 Red-winged Blackbird families. The Red-winged Blackbird is mostly found in wetlands, marsh and agricultural areas where it nests. It's unusual to find families who are probably nesting nearby consistently at a backyard bird feeder.

The Red Winged Blackbird is probably the most abundant bird in North America with an estimated population of almost 200 million .  The black male has the brilliant red shoulders and shows them off in a dazzling display. The white striped shouldered female looks different than the male.

Blackbirds are often considered pests because they consume grain in cultivated fields, however farmers benefit because the birds consume harmful insects during the nesting season.

Male Red Winged Blackbird under feeder.

Video shows both males and females.