Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

When I first spotted this bird he was looking a bit disheveled and I wasn’t sure if it was a female Red-winged Blackbird, which are rather drab, or a juvenile.

Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird
Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

He changed positions on this twig several times working to keep his balance. I’m leaning toward juvenile especially after seeing a hint of red on one shoulder.

Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird
Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

Finally, he got it all together for a dignified look.

Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird
Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

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