Mr and Mrs red-winged blackbirds and a song sparrow

A group of lady red-winged blackbirds were eating in the grass in the company of a single song sparrow. Every once in a while, a male red-winged blackbird would fly into the midst of the ladies. A few tweets and feather-flutters from the male and the ladies would disperse. The male would peck the ground for a bit, then fly back into the trees.

It was interesting to see the song sparrow next to the lady red-wings. The sparrow was a bit smaller and a slightly different shape. The markings were similar, but in good light, the difference in the tones is pretty obvious.

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Song sparrow.

Lady red-winged blackbird.

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  1. Thank you for this reminder~I’m always flummoxed by the difference in male and female plumage, which can send me scrambling to ID a bird I’m seeing!

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    1. Some bird species have so many different plumage colours. The young ones, the females, the breeding and non-breeding males! It is a lot to remember :-). At least their shapes are usually similar. The female red-winged blackbird is a bit smaller than the male, though the perspective in the photograph makes them look the same size.

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      1. Yes, I can see that~ look for the shape 🙂

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        1. I think. I’ve just started trying to identify birds. Currently, I’m baffled by Fox Sparrows and Song Sparrows. The colours of the Pacific Northwest form of the Song Sparrow are very foxy. I usually use the All About Birds website for bird information.

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  2. I remember how confused I was the first time I saw a female red-winged blackbird. LOL! Really nice juxtaposition photo.

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    1. Thanks :-). Redless red-winged birds are definitely confusing. I was glad to see them side by side that day.

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