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| p.1 #8 · Red Winged Blackbirds |
Nancy Asquith wrote:
I always love to see your images.
The male certainly does look like a tricolored blackbird, which is surprising, since they are generally found in California--not in the Bay area, where I live or in southern California, but in the Central Valley. Apparently, tricoloreds are unlike RWBBs in that they nest in huge colonies of as many as 80,000 individuals. Diminishing wetlands have led them to nest in silage fields, where they risk being mowed down during harvest. According to the Fresno Bee, the drought is severely imperiling them and could land them on the endangered species list. See
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It was written, "I just looked it up and you have Tri-colored Blackbirds in these shots". Since 'Blackbirds' and 'shots' were used I feel the females were considered to be Tri-coloreds as well.
Regardless, Birdied's pictures are magnificent as always. It would be interesting to hear what Audubon or Cornell has to say regarding the ID as it would be a first ever record for the state of Louisiana.