Red-winged Blackbird [video]
Red-winged Blackbirds are typically found nesting near water or directly in the cat-tails marshes, large grasses or low trees but the nest can also be found in unexpected areas like upland fields or pastures. I found this perfect blackbird nest in the grasses while looking for butterflies in the “Bobolink field” a few summers ago. Just as I looked down at the nest (with camera in hand) both parents decided to give me a friendly greeting . . . .
Actually, this bird hit me in the head more times that I could count and captured the video part more than 50 feet from the nest where it had finally stopped whacking me. The male just wanted to make sure that I was far enough away from the nest before disappearing! Who said looking for butterflies was a non dangerous sport!
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