Taking no Chances

The male Red-winged Blackbirds try to occupy the high ground to claim everything underneath — especially a female — as theirs. Usually they roost on the top of bushes. This male is either unclear on that concept, or not taking any chances. Note that the blackbirds’ breeding and nesting territory lies next door to the unfenced off-leash dog area in the northwest quadrant of the park. Off-leash dogs even slightly out of bounds will invade the birds’ nesting area, and I’ve seen them do it.

Male Red-winged Blackbird on top of “Exiting Off-Leash Area” sign

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