Rainy Redwing

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“778. Rainy Redwing” Oil painting by Mariko Irie

This bird is Red-winged Black bird.

One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/id

I painted from the photo of my friend photographer/ Ron LeValley:

http://www.levalleyphoto.com/home/

I love to see this bird in person someday.

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