It’s a sign of Spring when the Red-winged Blackbirds return to the marshes. The males commonly return before the females to defend their territories and can be seen on top of cattails repeatedly calling. All the while showing off their red and yellow wing bars. They usually nest in thick stands of cattails over shallow water. Red-winged Blackbirds feed mostly on seeds in the Spring and Fall and switch to insects during the Summer months.
This bird is carved from pine, painted in acrylics, and finished with layers of stains and varnishes. The underlying navy paint coat is hardly visible to the eye, but the afternoon sunlight really made the subtle paint layers more apparent.