The Nature of Phenology 3/21/20: Red-winged Blackbirds

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Like the first spring sighting of a robin or the first blooming dandelion of the year, red-winged blackbirds can inspire the phenology observers in all of us. Males return ahead of the females to determine their territory and belt their characteristic radio static “conk-la-ree” calls from marshes throughout Maine.

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