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Upper Klamath Lake Red-Winged Blackbird

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Pictures for Pam, Day 175: Red-Winged Blackbird on Upper Klamath Lake Canoe Trail

Pictures for Pam, Day 175: Red-Winged Blackbird on Upper Klamath Lake Canoe Trail
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The days are beautiful now but it's still just above freezing on most mornings. By the time I get inside from my walk my poor fingers are numb! Ok, ok...I admit that my warm gloves are in our RV and I'm too lazy to go get them. So I've been using my lightweight gloves and they are laughably inadequate for the job. The result is that I have to sit by the heater to thaw my fingers out or put them in a basin of hot water until they're happy again. Sheesh, you would think that my fingers could handle 37-45 degree temperatures without screaming bloody murder. Noop. Ten little babies pitch a fit every day!

This morning I thought I'd be clever. I put on TWO pairs of thin gloves, figuring that would do the trick. *sounds a FAIL buzzer* It was almost zero difference at all! Tromping into the house my ears were ringing with all of the screaming going on. Well, maybe I should stop being stubborn and get my warm gloves. Guaranteed that the morning I put them on it will be too warm outside to wear them and I'll be chucking them to the porch after my first lap! HAH!

Today I'm posting several pictures from our canoe trip on Upper Klamath Lake. There were Red-Winged Blackbirds all over the place as we paddled along and the sunlight really made their shoulder patches glow a brilliant red and orange. This is the first time I've gotten the chance to get some good pictures of these beautiful birds. There is a pair which is now showing up at our feeders but they are a) never in good light and b) sitting on our feeder (phooey) so I haven't been lucky with them. Plus, the shoulder patches on our birds are much more orange with just a sliver of red. It's a remarkable difference!

My main picture is a male who has puffed his feathers up and is making its characteristic song. It's the only time they seem to get hugely fluffy like this and I was overjoyed when I discovered this picture had turned out! If you would like to see these birds making their song, here's a YouTube video!

I am also including a couple of other pictures that turned out well! I'm so happy that I now have pictures of this lovely bird!

Pam, do you get Red-Winged Blackbirds where you live? I did a search on your stream but didn't see any. I did find a lovely picture of a Grackle and holy cow is that a looker! I love how "black" on a bird is "iridescent rainbow" in the right light! Stunning. I sure do hope you had a good day. Thank you so much for your comments about my pictures, I'm so glad that you have been enjoying them! It makes my day! *hugs*

Explored on 5/4/19, highest placement, #5.

Holger Hagen, tiabunna, Cämmerer zu Nau, Anji. and 46 other people have particularly liked this photo

33 comments - The latest ones
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
what a beautiful capture¡¡
15 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Superbes capture de ces merles ! J'aime beaucoup le Pip #1 avec son beau reflet ! Bon week-end Janet !
15 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A superb capture Janet and thank you for posting to FFF.
15 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Magnifique Janet... mais attention. (au ciel trop bleu)
tu dois descendre la luminosité de -1 et même plus...
bon W/end
15 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Excellent capture, wonderful PiP's.
15 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbe image !
Bon weekend
15 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Admirable sous ce bleu immaculé !***************
Belle série de cet oiseau inconnu pour moi.
Bon WE Janet.
15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Belle prise de cet oiseau qui est superbe avec son plumage noir et ses taches de couleurs vives...
15 months ago.
uwschu club
Hübsches Tier, den gibt es bei uns nicht, soweit ich weiß
15 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful bird image(s) janet.
15 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
You've caught him in the very right moment ! Stunning colors and a fine perspective. Love this, Janet !
15 months ago.
Annemarie club
Thats marvellous Janet, on blue!
15 months ago.
SUPERBE **********
15 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome trio!

Admired in:
15 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole. HFF.
15 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
What a lovely bird, Janet! It's orange-red shoulder patches glow beautifully in the black feathers. I've never seen such a bird. Unfortunately this birds don't live in Germany.

You captured the bird very well. On the main picture you think you can hear the bird singing. The handsome bird in the first inset regards his mirror image.
15 months ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
What a fine chap! Super capture!
15 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Zorro? ;o)) Splendid !
15 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a fabulous picture of this bird. We don't have them over here in the UK, we have blackbirds but not the ones with red flashes on their wings. It is indeed a beautiful bird and I'm like you, I marvel at the irridescent nature of black on birds which turn into gorgeous colours in the right light.
15 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Striking red colour, very well captured Janet!

15 months ago.
Splendide avec ses plumes rouge
15 months ago.
cammino club
Stunning bird shot!
15 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful pictures.
15 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
amazing pictures
15 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Superbe cet oiseau au beau plumage !
15 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet,

A very beautiful set of photos of this bird, the likes of which I have never seen before!!
I am impressed!

best wishes
15 months ago.
RHH club
Three great photos, Janet. Love the main photo with those red flags showing so beautifully. Got some photos of them today but haven't even looked at them yet. Saw several other new birds including a Sora Rail and a Black and White Warbler, but didn't get any good photos, at least I don't think so.

Spent the day visiting various natural areas, Hofma Preserve, Rosy Mound Natural Area and The Ravines County Park. Went to the first two with one of our sons and the last with three of the kids, two spouses and two grandkids. The wildflowers were wonderful and the new spring growth equally beautiful. Love the new leaves and spring growth.

Went in the evening to a family get-together with two brothers and three sisters, their spouses, several nieces and nephews, one daughter and the aged parents. Had a lovely time. One sister and her husband are back from the Philippines temporarily and another sister and her husband drove up from Chicago.

Always enjoy family gatherings. Both the brothers who were there are avid hikers and backpackers and photographers and all of us enjoy the outdoors. My father was always interested in birds, plants, the outdoors and I guess he instilled that in all of us. One brother has just had several photos put in a gallery.

Went yesterday to another park, Aman Park and saw a lot of wildflowers including fields of Trilliums, Dutchman's Breeches, Squirrel Corn, Trout Lilies, Virginia Bluebells and others. Had some good weather yesterday and today and decided to take advantage of it. Walked my legs off today but it was worth it.

Monday morning we leave for home, probably via Yellowstone. If it's too busy then we'll just go on, but hoping that since they've just cleared the roads that it will be reasonable. May go through the Badlands again, too, and possibly the Black Hills. Won't be in any hurry to get home unless the weather is bad or the parks crowded.
15 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Magnificent pic's Janet. So clear against the blue sky.
15 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Een Heel Byzondere,,,,,Super,,je hebt geluk gehad dat je NIKS over je heen kreeg.....:-)))
15 months ago.
Kenny club
Fantastic captures Janet
15 months ago.
tiabunna club
I must admit these are new to me, but what beautiful birds with that glossy almost metallic colour. For me, the first PiP with the reflections would be favourite of the set.
15 months ago.
Esther club
Nice shots. I went out by the river specifically to photograph this bird, but he stayed at my maximum range and my shots were really, really tiny.
15 months ago.

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