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Red-winged Blackbird Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: One of the most common birds in the state, and as such they're easy to overlook.  If you can capture the detail in the blacks and show that shoulder though, the males are quite pretty. They also add a heck of a lot of character during the summer months, as it's hard to miss their loud, raucous calls. My favorite photo of the species is probably the one below, a male in mid-song, from April 2019 in Lincoln County, South Dakota.

Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 1 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 2 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 3 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 4 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 1 (Male)

March 23rd, 2003

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 2 (Male)

April 12th, 2003

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 3 (Female)

July 4th, 2004

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 4 (Male)

May 2nd, 2006

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 5 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 6 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 7 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 8 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 5 (Male)

May 2nd, 2006

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 6 (Female)

May 5th, 2006
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 

Red-winged Blackbird 7 (1st winter)

February 16th, 2007

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 8 (Male)

May 13th, 2007

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 9 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 10 - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 11 - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 12 - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 9 (First winter)

November 2nd, 2008

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 10  (male)

April 11th, 2010

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 11 (female)

April 11th, 2010

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 12 (female)

April 11th, 2010

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 13 - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 14 - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 15 - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 16 - Agelaius phoeniceus 

Red-winged Blackbird 13 (female)

July 5th, 2009

Lake County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 14 (male)

July 5th, 2009

Lake County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 15 (male)

April 18th, 2010

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 16 (male)

April 18th, 2010

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 17 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 18 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 19 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 20 - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird 17 (male)

May 14th, 2010

Kingsbury County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 18 (Male)

May 2nd, 2014

Kingsbury County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 19 (Male)

April 19th, 2019

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Red-winged Blackbird 20 (Male)

April 19th, 2019

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Red-winged Blackbird. 


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