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The Red-winged Blackbird is one of my favorite birds. Maybe because of its distinct “cuckaree” call that can be heard from far away. Or maybe because it is one of the first of the birds to migrate back and symbolizes that spring is coming.

I was so excited to hear their call down at Lake Estes last week. And then I saw a small flock of them in the tree above by the lake. I quickly got my camera out and clicked away.

It’s not  a great photograph but it’s my first of the year of this beautiful bird this season.

I went home to see when the first date the Red-winged Blackbird has been spotted at Lake Estes and I missed it by less than a week. It was once spotted on Feb. 28th and I saw it on March 5th.

Have you ever seen one? Don’t you just love its call?



2 Responses to “My First Red-Winged Blackbird This Year At Lake Estes In Estes Park”

  1. Manny says:

    What a superb photograph, Mel! Puts me in mind of an Oriental Etching. Can’t wait to see my first one here.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Yes, we’ve seen these here in Illinois for the past 3 weeks. You right, their cheeryful call is welcome!

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