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Paul Chapman Saturday 6th May 2017 17:53

Red-winged Blackbird - female - Garso, North Ronaldsay - 30 April & 1 May 2017
 
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A selection of record shots of the longstaying female Red-winged Blackbird - first for Britain - currently on Orkney.

'It is in that iris bed and when located, it will fly and land on those gas cylinders.......'

All the best

Paul

Paul Chapman Saturday 6th May 2017 17:55

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Then.........

'It will occasionally fly up and land on that chimney.....'

All the best

Paul

Paul Chapman Saturday 6th May 2017 17:58

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The next day - the first three pictures show the iris bed and then the bird back on the cylinders - honest.......

All the best

Paul

Paul Chapman Saturday 6th May 2017 18:00

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Final batch including a couple on a telegraph pole - sparrowhawk avoidance.........

All the best

Paul

thebirdguy Tuesday 9th May 2017 11:14

I'd recently heard about this rarity in Britain.
Here's the Audubon page I read it on:
http://www.audubon.org/news/british-...nged-blackbird

Fiscalshrike Tuesday 9th May 2017 23:18

Hit the news over here too, but we just sort of chuckled. My patch is a breeding ground for them. Of course at the moment, it is a sad state of affairs as the Ottawa River has flooded higher than recorded history and all the swamps and marshes are metres under water.
PS, we get all tingly when we hear about a pink-footed goose sighting nearby.....

emc Thursday 25th May 2017 19:12

Had no idea red winged blackbirds are rare in the UK. I have a bunch of them in my backyard, they raid the bird feeder.

Beer-dee Monday 19th June 2017 04:29

Nice shots

MTem Monday 19th June 2017 05:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by emc (Post 3571034)
Had no idea red winged blackbirds are rare in the UK. I have a bunch of them in my backyard, they raid the bird feeder.

Not so much rare, as non-existent (well apart from this one)

Nutcracker135 Saturday 1st July 2017 20:21

I heard from a local birder here in Oklahoma about this. I was shocked because Red-winged Blackbirds are as thick as flies here.

MTem Saturday 1st July 2017 20:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nutcracker135 (Post 3585497)
I heard from a local birder here in Oklahoma about this. I was shocked because Red-winged Blackbirds are as thick as flies here.

Can I ask why you are shocked?

brocktoon Friday 4th August 2017 04:34

They are indeed feeder raiders.


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