This morning, taking a quick walk around the park, I heard the song of what turned out to be the Red-Winged Blackbird.
Elementary to bird watchers, but new to me!
I mean, I know the bird's call. I love it because I associate it with high summer. You can listen to it here on the Audubon site.
But I did not know what bird it was I was hearing. I had to stare up into the tree where it came from, and keep staring, until I realized the call was coming from the tree next door. That second tree was a lot smaller and it was then that I could easily behold the blackbird sitting on a branch.
I do not think I have ever been able to identify the blackbird before. I believe this is its debut on this Web log.
There was the goldfinch.
And the robin that built its nest on the windowsill right by Howard's desk.
And the mourning doves Jeoffry scared away.
But the red-winged blackbird? It is common. It is abundant. But before this it was a mystery.
Red-winged Blackbird, I am happy to add you to my list of birds I now know.