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Female Red-winged Blackbird

This branch is part of a dead tree that has fallen over the edge of a pond. Various birds find it a great place to survey the area, including this female Red-winged Blackbird.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

In wondered if it was a juvenile as she was having trouble keeping her balance.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

And fluffed up a bit like a young bird does.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

Then she announced to the world she had a grip and immediately flew off.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female 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