The hubbub outside my kitchen window at 8:30 this morning was incredible. At first I thought the local hawk had swooped in for some breakfast. But when I looked out the kitchen window, I saw a whole flock of red-winged blackbirds swarming the bird feeder and paddling around in the warm-water birdbath. They overran my regular avian visitors and the triplet squirrels who come every morning for breakfast.
The bright red and yellow flashed on the blackbirds’ wings as they tussled for a spot at the feeder; their feathers shone in the weak morning sunshine. The young blue jay perched in the tree next to my kitchen window had a slightly shocked look on his face as he watched the flock take over his feeder.
My red-sleeved guests stayed for about 5 minutes. I was entranced to see so many of them at once at my feeder; that’s why I forgot to run for my camera and that’s why I only have this pitiful photo to share. I’ve never seen a red-winged blackbird in my town, or even in New Jersey!
It’s the first time I’ve seen a flock of red-winged blackbirds up close. The jostling crowd had the regulars standing stock still in shock. Even the triplet squirrels backed up and let the visitors have at it. And just as suddenly as they appeared, they disappeared. The feeder is pretty well empty and the bird bath water needs changing.