Red-winged Blackbirds display marked sexual dimorphism. Males in breeding plumage are very familiar birds to many people. They are solid black, with red wing-patches. Each patch has a light yellow stripe below, and can be displayed in varying amounts. Tricolored Blackbirds, which are rare in Washington, look similar, but have more pointed wing-tips, thinner bills, and white edging on the red patches. Female Red-winged Blackbirds are smaller, dark, and streaked. They have a white line over each eye and are evenly streaked all down the back. First-year males look like mature males but with rusty edgings on their black feathers. They have red wing-patches, but they are generally paler than mature males and may be darkly spotted.
First Sighting of Year
|Saturday, March 28, 2015||Main Rd Wiscasset ME United States|
|Sunday, March 6, 2016||2€“84 Hermit Island Rd Phippsburg ME United States|
|Tuesday, February 21, 2017||112 McSwain Dr West Columbia SC United States|
|Sunday, February 18, 2018||10240 Jalapa Way La Grange CA United States|