June 10 - Behind the Visitors Center at 100 Mile House, is the wildlife habitat at 100 Mile Marsh. I walked into the public area to photograph
and saw my first Red-winged Blackbirds.
A male was singing away. When singing to defend the territory or to attract a female the male fluffs the red epaulettes and half-spreads his wings to show off the red to the full extent.
A bird dive-bombed me, narrowly missing the top of my head.
The second time, it took some of my hair.The Red-winged Blackbirds' nest is an open cup woven of grass or marsh vegetation and wet leaves, filled with mud and lined with fine grass. It is woven between several stems, often over water. I consulted the Audubon field guide and I believe it's a female Red-winged Blackbird.