• Red-winged Blackbirds in January?

    Question

    I spotted these Red-winged Blackbirds in my yard. I am surprised to see them in January - any explanation? Thanks!

    Naturalist's Response

    Nice find!

    Although the majority of our local Red-winged Blackbirds do migrate to warmer areas in the winter, it is not unusual to see small numbers remain in Geauga County throughout the winter.

    I have seen larger flocks, like the one you had in your yard some winters. But more often than not I see smaller groups and individual birds throughout the winter.

    Often it depends on the weather; the harder the winter, the lower number of red-wings that we see.

    In about a month or so, start listing for their “kon-ka-reeee” song, which is one of the true harbingers of spring! At that point, their numbers will dramatically increase in Geauga County and we’ll be rounding the corner to that warmer weather…

    Enjoy!

    -Chief Naturalist John Kolar