During a foggy week at the end of January, a very surprising visitor graced the sunflower feeder at The Village. Two red-wing blackbirds spent about 20 minutes extracting seed from the feeders. The sixth grade class watched through binoculars and saw the flashy red shoulders. Surprisingly other small birds continued to feed while the blackbirds dangled from the feeder. The show lasted long enough for some of the first grade class to come out and watch. Our fifth grade teacher said that he also saw a blackbird at the feeder the day before.
How common is this? We are about a mile from the cattail marshes at Kathryn Albertons's park. But we did not expect that these wetland birds would fly up into the suburb above their wetland and eat seed from a feeder! Sadly, our guests have not returned, although we wish they would.