Red-winged Blackbird, fledgling, 8/19/12

Red-winged Blackbird juveniles are quite drab, similar to the adult female but with a buffy edging to their feathers you can see above but which adult females lack. This bird has only just shaken off its peach fuzz and hasn’t been out of the nest very long, but will¬†undergo its first molt just a couple of months after leaving the nest, and then molt again the following spring. In my neighborhood, the arrival of returning adult males¬†in March is one of the first solid signs that spring is underway. Fetched at Seapoint.

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