Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 06/21/2014


Photo taken on June  7, 2014


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A good poser

A good poser
This photo was taken along one of the backroads SW of the city, on 7 June 2014. Such a "cooperative" guy for a few brief seconds, which I really appreciated. Usually, I find these Red-winged Blackbirds fly to the next fence post as soon as you pull up slowly beside them, and then do the same if you pull up beside that post.

"One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring." From Cornell's AllAboutBirds.

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-winged_blackbird/id?utm_s...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-winged_blackbird

Looks like we are in for about a week of isolated showers, but the heavy rain seems to have come to an end, thank goodness. Hopefully, southern Alberta river levels will start to go down, avoiding any further flooding. Eerily strange coincidence that this is exactly the same time as Alberta's Flood of the Century last year, 20 June 2013.

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Esther
Esther
I finally found a spot that has these birds in abundance and I have not been able to get a clear shot. Yours is lovely.
3 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to Esther
Lol, I find that most of these birds tend to fly away when you drive towards them. Every once in a while, I get lucky. I'm sure you'll get a shot you are happy with in the end : )
3 years ago.