Ooo-ka-ree! As soon as we stepped out of the car, we could hear the sounds of the red-winged blackbirds. We went to a nearby pond to observe these beautiful birds and found them all around us.
We saw a male flying after a female in a dramatic chase.
We saw plenty of females perched and listening, perhaps choosing the perfect mate.
As we walked around, we also came across some other beautiful water fowl. We saw a Canada Goose sitting patiently on her nest. Her mate was nearby watching and perhaps protecting her.
There were cormorants swimming around fishing for their dinner. We watched as one of them caught a fish and swallowed it whole.
The next day we sat down with our Nature Study notebook and journaled about what we had seen on our outing the day before. The kids each painted a red-winged blackbird. Bud painted a male and Peanut painted a female.
While they painted, I read the page about this species of bird from our National Audobon Society Field Guide to Birds book. Then they narrated what they had seen and observed and I wrote their words down in our notebook.
We had fun learning about this species and I hope the next time the kids hear one sing “Oooo-ka-ree!” they will recognize it as their friend the red-winged blackbird.