They’re back, and they’re busily staking out their territories. The Red-winged Blackbirds that is.
Timing is everything when males want to control the best space and resources to attract females when they arrive, so it’s best to be the first to arrive in coveted areas.
I had heard that blackbirds had been spotted along the southern border of the Twin Cities two days ago, so I went looking for them in our nearby local marshes, and didn’t find or hear a single bird.
But a very small pond lined with cattails bordering the parking lot of the local YMCA had three male blackbirds patrolling the space and actively announcing their presence.
One bird was hiding behind branches of a tree along the busy road.
Another bird called from down in the cattails, but hopped up on them momentarily for a photo.
The third bird called from his perch high up on a light pole, and I didn’t bother photographing him.
I wonder which of them will win the competition for this site. It seems to me they could do so much better for breeding sites at some of the local ponds in parks nearby…but then I don’t know what blackbirds like.