Blackbird, Red-Winged bird picturesRED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
498. Agelaius phoeniceus. 9.5 inches
Male black, with scarlet and buff shoulders; female brownish black above and streaked below.
Nearly all our ponds or wet meadows have their pair or colony of Blackbirds.
Note. - A harsh cack; a pleasing liquid song, "conk-err-ee," given with much bowing and spreading of the wings and tail.
Nest. - Usually at low elevations in bushes, in swamps or around the edges of ponds or frequently on the ground or on hummocks in wet pastures.
The nest is made of woven grasses and rushes, and is usually partially suspended from the rim when placed in bushes. The three to five eggs are bluish white, scrawled, chiefly around the large end, with blackish (1.00 x .70).
Range. - East of the Rockies, breeding north to Manitoba and New Brunswick; winters in southern U.S.
Sub-Species. - 498b. Bahaman Redwing (bryanti). 498c. Florida Redwing (floridanus).