Valley Views: Red-Winged Blackbird, Hadley

Friday, April 21, 2017

Red-Winged Blackbird

Fort River Trail, Moody Bridge Road, Hadley

Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley

I know spring is here when I hear the red-winged blackbird singing. He may be singing from the top of a tree, a bush, or a cattail in the swamp. His ok-a-reee is loud and clear.

If I manage to get close enough, I love to watch him flutter and fluff up his feathers as he sings. At the entrance to the Fort River Trail on Moody Bridge Road in Hadley April 2, this one stayed put on the top of a bush long enough for me to sneak up on him with my tripod mounted DSLR camera. The image was captured with a medium length telephoto lens. It was a misty, overcast day, but he didn’t mind. He just kept singing.

Anne E. Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. It is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., also, by chance/appointment.