Just as northern
marshes are thawing each spring, Red-winged blackbirds return to their nesting
grounds. Within moments of their arrival, males display their brilliant
red wing patches and sing their territorial songs. The females won't appear
until about two weeks after the males, but you'll know when they've arrived.
Watch for the males' territorial displays to intensify. (Females look completely
different from males—more like large sparrows.)
your First Red-winged Blackbird to Journey North
Track Red-Winged Blackbird Migration
the song of the Red-winged blackbird. Listen over and over so you'll
be sure to recognize it next spring.
- As soon
as you see (or hear!) your first Red-winged blackbird of the spring,
report your observations to Journey North.
- When the
blackbirds arrive, see these field
observations you can do with red-winged blackbirds.
Blackbirds on the Wintering Grounds?
If you see Red-winged blackbirds overwintering in your region, please
report your observation now. Red-winged blackbirds spend winter in the
southern states of the U.S.
for Signs of Spring
Look for news of your sightings of first earthworms,
Red-winged blackbirds, frogs, emerging leaves, flowing sap, melting ice,
and other spring events in "Signs
of Spring" updates.
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