Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

A small but aggressive bird nesting along the shores of ponds and rivers and which doesn't hesitate to attack larger birds when this one gets too close to the nest.

How To Identify

Males are black with a red patch on each side of the wing. Female are about the same size but have brown and white feathers. Both color and behavior help to identify this species.

Where and When to Spot

Best season to watch Red-winged Blackbirds is early spring. This species is one of the first migratory birds to arrive and it settles along the shores of ponds and rivers when males are usually arriving first and fiercely defend their small territory. This bird can be seen in all parks around Montreal where there is some natural habitat along waters.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 1600

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 560

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 320

  • Parc Angrignon

    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

    Focal Length 140mm
    Shutter Speed 1/250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 140