We both love red-winged blackbirds. They frequent marshes and wetlands, and without cattails, they probably won’t visit. When Jeff and I discovered our mutual affection for these birds, it sparked a conversation that led, eventually, to the building of our marsh (see more about that at We built a marsh – you should too! and at A Celebration of Life). Next spring, we hope to have our very own resident red-wingeds, but until then, we certainly enjoy seeing (and hearing) them on our travels. Jeff captured these images at our most recent visit to Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour, IN.
I love the way they perch, and then as you watch, they slowly seem to grow larger, puffing up, until eventually their distinctive song BURSTS out!