A female Red-winged Blackbird bringing lunch to her babies!

Red-winged Blackbirds have been nesting in a field nearby, and I have been able to photograph them catching prey for their babies. This female Red-wing Blackbird has caught a pretty good size bug for lunch.

Nesting Red Tail Hawks under attack!

I watched a mated pair of Red Tail Hawks near my home throughout their courtship, nest building, and hunting to provide food for their babies. These birds were under serious attack from Red-winged Blackbirds. The birds were just defending their nests, too, but the attacks soon became relentless! The male Red Tail Hawk had at least 6 Red-winged Blackbirds chasing him when ever I watched him hunting for food. They would even jump on him, and pull out his feathers. I found one of the feathers after this photo was taken! As soon as the babies were out of the nest, the hawks no longer came into the fields where they were being attacked.

Feeding time

Hunger Game

Following a red-winged blackbird mom and chick on their branch. The kid seems to be hungry!

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology