This Red-winged Blackbird male was probably on his first outing as a grownup. He seemed quite unclear on the concept of staking out a territory where a female would mate with him and build a nest. That usually happens on a bush or a shrub, like the abundant fennel in the northwest corner of the park. Not on a nest box for Barn Owls — birds which, if mature, could make a snack of him. But maybe he has a good idea. Maybe some female blackbird will adopt the nest box as her own, if she gets in before an owl does. The new box model with its smaller opening might just be to a blackbird’s liking. Unlikely, but you never know.
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