Bye Bye Blackbirds

By , October 25, 2011 10:30 pm

Red-winged Blackbirds 10/25/11

Red-winged Blackbirds 10/25/11

Just a few weeks ago I saw a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds that I estimate contained at least 500 birds.  I saw it when I was walking Sierra. Naturally I didn’t have my camera.   I assume that the large flock was getting ready to migrate.  Do I know the flock was all Red-wings? No, but given that we live on a lake it is a fair assumption that it was almost all Red-wings.  After a very busy Summer the local Red-winged Blackbird population has thinned out tremendously.  They were eating us out of house and home during the mid-Summer but now a cake of suet can last a few days, instead of only half a day.

Late this afternoon I heard a lot of squawking. Looking at our neighbors trees I saw a flock of blackbirds in 2 trees that I estimated as about 80 birds.   After looking at one of the photos I have counted over 70 birds in one tree. In the second tree I saw over 30.  So, one has to estimate that correct total as better than 100 birds. This is the first year we have lived on a lake with a large and noisy breeding population.  When we lived in Randall we didn’t record bird observations quite as completely but even last year we didn’t record any Red-winged Blackbirds after mid October. It is nearly November.  We know that most of them migrate. So perhaps this is goodbye for this Fall.

One Response to “Bye Bye Blackbirds”

  1. Shawnne says:

    Yes, the Red Wing Blackbirds have truly thinned out! Our suet is actually lasting much longer. We are getting the birds we should be getting at suet feeders such as Nuthatches, Chickadees, and various woodpeckers. I must say, I am not going to miss all of those Red Winged Blackbirds. They are really bullies towards the other birds. Don’t worry, they will be back again in March.

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