On His Territory

On His Territory - Red-winged Blackbird
13 inches wide x 18 inches high

“Every morning, the marshes along the Salt and Gila rivers are alive with the songs of blackbirds and it can be so noisy that you cannot talk with others by your side. If you wait just a little longer, you can witness the blast-off, when thousands of blackbirds take off together for the nearby fields and dairy farms.

“The males are such show-offs, climbing to the top of a cattail or tree branch and belting his song while flaring his red-and-yellow epaulets.”