Sunday, April 11, 2010

The World of Red Winged Blackbirds

Hello, readers. We are finally back. It's been winter and we've been busy at the start of spring. In winter, we mostly only saw black capped chickadees and cardinals, and we've already blogged about them. Now we'll blog more, now that it's spring, and in the summer. I joined the Junior Audubon Club, where we'll learn lots about birds and go bird watching. We'll bring binoculars and lots of stuff, and see lots of birds, and that's good for you, readers.

Yesterday on a hike, we saw a lot of birds, but the first one we're going to write about today is the red winged blackbird.

Red Winged Blackbirds are a very common Michigan bird. Their flocks for migrating have 10,000 birds. The females leave first, before the males. They migrate to South America and Mexico, and sometimes they don't go that far.
The live around wetlands. They eat grasshoppers, dragonflies, and seeds such as sunflower seeds. They eat other insects, too.
The eggs are about one inch long. The female has in her nest 3 or 4 at a time. She sits on the eggs for 11 days. The eggs are bluish green. Both parents feed the babies.

We got this information from Wild About Michigan Birds: A Youth's Guide to the Birds of Michigan by Adele Porter.

Here is it's call!

Here is a picture: