I took the first few pictures in May.
As you probably already know:
"The Red-winged Blackbird is sexually dimorphic; the male is all black with a red shoulder and yellow wing bar, while the female is a nondescript dark brown." (Wikipedia)First there is the male, watchful but not very involved in the raising of the chicks.
Here is the female gathering food: seeds and insects make up the bulk of their diet.
Sometimes I take a picture and don't realize until later that I have something special. This next picture is of the female glaring at me from the reeds in the pond at Jericho Park. Later when I looked more carefully at the picture I realized that I had managed to get a picture not only of her nest but also the young in the nest (bottom right of the picture).
Notice how slim the one below is, and striking a very elegant pose for the camera.
Here is the "old guy" again, I loved the range of expressions.
As the title of my post suggests, the blackbirds are gone now, they left in September, migrating south for the winter.
The blackbirds, swallows and robins are all gone, but they'll return next Spring and I'll be waiting.
""Bye, Bye, Blackbird" is a song published in 1926 by the American composer Ray Henderson and lyricist Mort Dixon. It is considered a popular standard and was first recorded by Gene Austin in 1926." (Wikipedia)
Here is that first recording thanks to You Tube:
Well this week I have some paintings to share with you. The first one is of Red winged Blackbirds, it is one that I have been working on for more than a month. I "lost" it somewhere along the way and I have done all I can to save it but I am still not happy with the result, I like parts of it very much, and I have spent so much time on it that I am sad to say enough is enough. It is called "Triangles" and is a watercolour:
Happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week.......