There’s no mistaking this cranky Red-winged Blackbird as he bounces from twig to twig squawking a loud “ooPREEEEEo”.
Last week, this male was demonstrating that he’s the territorial big bird by lifting his shoulders and displaying the unique patches or “epaulets” in a threatening manner as a clear signal to other males to stay out of his way.
One of the more familiar North American birds, the red-winged blackbird spends time near marshes and ponds of Lake Guana where dry grass is plentiful and is used to build their breeding nest.
The males are polygynous, meaning they can have more than one female in their nesting area, which may be another reason they’re a bit cranky trying to protect several females at once.
While the less colorful female tends to the nest located lower in the reeds, these males will guard their territory from higher vantage points.