These photos were taken May 3/20.
Another sure sign of spring is the arrival of the red-winged blackbird back in my part of the world. On our recent walk, we could see the males all sitting on top of the reeds in our man-made lake. They were singing sweetly, but also flashing their red wing patches more than we had ever seen before. Then it dawned on me that they were in the middle of a courtship ritual, all striving to get the attention of the more drably coloured females. No females seemed to be taking the bait and the flashing, singing and preening increased as we walked. Pretty nice to be there in the moment.
Look at Me
Look at me, ladies
I’m a real flashy dresser
and looking for love.