Yesterday I posted Yellow-headed Blackbird portraits and today I am posting some simple Red-winged Blackbird photos taken the same day but they were taken a couple of miles away in Davis County, Utah.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds are slightly larger than Red-winged Blackbirds and they are aggressive towards Red-winged Blackbirds and will take over nesting territories from the Red-winged Blackbirds. They both like the same kind of habitat for nesting so that can lead to aerial fights between the two species.
I thought it was interesting that there was a cocklebur on the fence post next to the feet of this Red-winged Blackbird since just last week I photographed a Snowy Egret with a common cocklebur stuck in its feathers at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and it was the first time that I know I had an image with a bird and a cocklebur in it.
The Red-winged Blackbird may have flown to the fence post with the cocklebur in its bill, I did see it poke at a few times then knock it off of the fence post.
Even though it is late May there are still male Red-winged Blackbirds displaying and singing their little hearts out here in northern Utah and that is what this male blackbird was doing.
Red-winged Blackbirds are plentiful in the marshes that surround the Great Salt Lake and it is a delight to hear them singing, see them flying and to photograph them as they go about their business of just being a bird.
Life is good.