Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Previously at the TCAAP WVA, I Saw a Blackbird Pestering a Heron

Lately, the red-winged blackbirds have become more aggressive than normal. When a large bird flies over Lake Marsden at the Wildlife Viewing Area, many blackbirds rise up to attack, very much like fighter planes scrambling to meet oncoming bombers. It doesn't matter if it's an eagle, osprey, egret or crow.

This poor heron was picked/pecked on nearly continuously while fishing along the edge of the lake. It would move periodically but another blackbird would take over the harassment. Finally it gave up and left the lake. Fortunately, it flew right in front of me so I could make this photograph.

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