I spent last night in Sunriver in central Oregon. Sunriver is on the other side of the Cascade Mountains from where I live. It is in the high desert with gorgeous views and plenty of pine trees. I arrived in the dark so I had no idea what the view outside my room looked like.
Early the next morning (5:15AM to be exact) I was woken up by bird calls. I looked outside and saw the above scene. I was just outside a wetland! What were the birds making all of that noise?
Red-winged Blackbirds! They were living among the cattails. There were a lot of them in a very small area, so I expect that the wetland habitat provided ample amounts of food and shelter.
Listen to the songs in the video below. It sounds like they are yelling “Pumpkin Eater”. Also, watch for the beautiful display of the male while it flashes its red marks. Incredible stuff.