Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Female Red-Winged Blackbird
That's the same thing I thought! When I began trying to find the identity of this bird, I looked through two separate bird guides. And they both kept telling me that I had a sparrow. I couldn't deny that it did indeed look very much like a sparrow, but none of the many kinds of sparrow quite matched this bird. I knew I had a problem!
I had finally decided to write a post about this bird, saying it was a kind of sparrow that I couldn't quite identify. Something still kept telling me that there was something wrong though. I just wasn't satisfied with telling you all that I had a sparrow, but I didn't know which type it was. And I finally came to the conclusion, after looking at a few other small birds, that I wasn't even sure it was a sparrow at all!
I then decided I would write about another kind of bird I saw that day. It was the red-winged blackbird I showed you yesterday, and I was completely sure what they were. I also picked them because I coincidentally found these two kinds of bird in the same place; around the pond at the nature park.
So in an effort to find some tidbit of extra information on red-winged blackbirds, I went to whatbird.com to get something good to share. As soon as I got on the right page, I saw my mystery bird staring right back at me! The page said it was a female red-winged blackbird! That's when it all came to me. I already knew this!
So there it is. That's my story on how I just stumbled across the identity of a bird that was driving me crazy. It all makes sense now. The two types of birds were out there at the same place with each other. They kept mostly apart, but they also were not afraid to cross paths. Male and female. So different, but not the first type of bird I've seen that has these differences. Mystery solved.
Today over at Nature Center Magazine there is a bit of very strange and interesting nature news. This news tells of a breakthrough of the ideas of life on our planet!