Red-winged Blackbird [Agelaius phoeniceus] ~ 2016 #36

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird (male) ~ Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC ~ Feb 27, 2016

I have no shortage of pictures of the Red-winged Blackbird. They are very photogenic and will sit still long enough to get a few good shots in. I love walking into Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake when the air is filled with the Blackbirds’ song. They also like to hide in the bushes, as you’ll hear a chorus of what seems like 100 birds, but only see a handful.

The males are very distinctive with their shiney black feathers, sporting some nice red and yellow shoulder patches, that help them to express themselves. The females look entirely different and are more subdued, sporting streaky brown colouration.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird (female) ~ Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC ~ Feb 27, 2016

When we were at Reifel last fall, my son was trying to convince some chickadees to eat some sunflowers from his hand. He was totally shocked when a red-winged blackbird perched himself on his hand instead. And they are certainly bold. Whereas the chickadees will land on your hand to pick up one seed before flying away, this fellow pretty much stayed on his human perch until all the seeds were gone.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird ~ George C Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ Oct 2015


  1. I’ve photographed the Alberta red-winged black birds many times. I’ve seen them here at Maplewood N.Shore These ones look differentto me than those in AB. Really nice to find your blog. I haven’t met any BC birders yet. Great photos. I’m following you on Flickr too. You have a great Photostream there.

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