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2010-05-11-Wakodahatchee

Mrs. Red-winged Blackbird trying to distract me and keep me from finding its remaining chick.

Red-winged Blackbird chicks leave the nest about three to five days after they hatch. At this stage they can not fly but instead just hop and flop until the find nearby cover. Then the parents feed them after locating them by their cheeping.

This is a good survival strategy as it gets the chicks out the nest fast, before predators can feed on them.

Unfortunately, in this case only one of the three chicks has survived.

2010 by Peter Schulz