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Archive for March 7, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS ARE BACK! 

The old familiar “conk-la-ree” of the male red-winged blackbird was heard in several spots in town this morning. Back to claim their individual territories a couple of weeks before the females arrive, the male blackbirds cling to the cattails and shrubs of wetlands and brushy fields, raise their red epaulets and burst forth in song, an announcement of spring’s arrival, if there ever was one. It must be said that along with its territorial function, the blackbird’s song also serves to attract a mate. It is so successful in this capacity that (according to Birds of North America Online) 15 female red-winged blackbirds have been found nesting on one lone male’s territory (although it must be said that not all the nestlings were sired by the male whose territory they occupied).