Noisy neighbors

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Male Red-winged Blackbird in the field beyond the pond this morning, probably nabbing some tasty bugs among the dewdrops.

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Nearby, a female Red-Winged Blackbird gathers nesting material.

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The male RWBs have been noisy around here for a week or two, even perching up near the house and visiting the tube feeder by the back deck. Guys, you’re supposed to be out in the marsh!

The male has a “conk-la-ree” song and also a piercing “check” call that reminds me a bit of a hawk. For a couple of days I kept looking for a hawk in the front yard oak tree.

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When the pairing is complete and the nesting begins, will they be a little quieter?

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