Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Red-winged Blackbird

During the first week of May, we made a non-birding drive to New Jersey to attend to family matters. Our best day was 3 May 2017 at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville, Illinois. We searched for dragonflies.  Mostly we saw Red-winged Blackbirds (like this female). In the summer, the species is mostly insectivorous, sometimes completely so (Yasukawa and Searcy 1995). Perhaps the blackbirds’ abundance is one reason we saw only one dragonfly.

We only saw two damselflies during our journey. Most days, however, were chilly, windy and rainy. The weather greatly diminished our wildlife photography for the rest of the trip. But, as I wrote, this was a non-birding trip.

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