a shy guy

I came across a male Red-winged Blackbird on a morning walk recently that was singing and ready to defend the area around his shrub from encroaching humans, but didn’t seem eager to announce his territorial claim to the other male blackbirds in the marsh.

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He’s certainly vocal and stood his ground while we walked around him, but he’s kept his brilliant red epaulets covered with his breast and back feathers for some reason.

Quite a different display from the vocal male I encountered the week before, proudly showing off his epaulets…

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Quite a different posture in this bird, which flares his epaulets outward as he calls.

Quite a different posture in this bird, that flares his epaulets and tail feathers outward as he calls.

Could the shy guy simply be trying to establish his presence, but in a low key manner so as not to provoke attacks from neighboring territory owners?

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