Bird’s On Fire

The birds featured on my post for today are the Red-winged Blackbirds. Good looking birds which have been frequent visitors in my backyard this year. I’ve seen more of them than previous years. Our temperatures are still over 90º F everyday with high humidity that makes it feel over 100º!

I’ve noticed that larger birds are more likely to endure more under this weather conditions. Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, European Starlings, Common Grackles, Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Dove are some of them. The smaller birds rather venture open air sun exposure and  wait for cooler moments when the sun is not directly above which is when the heat peaks or choose shady areas where heat is less.

It hasn’t rained for almost a week, no break from the intense heat, our lawns aren’t so bad because at early morning there’s a heavy dew, condensation of humidity over everything that looks like if it just rained.

Note: If you didn’t know, the male Red-winged Blackbird is very different than the female (sexual dimorphism).

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Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101


10 thoughts on “Bird’s On Fire

    • “Sexual dimorphism is a phenotypic differentiation between males and females of the same species. This differentiation happens in organisms who reproduce through sexual reproduction, with the prototypical example being for differences in characteristics of reproductive organs. Other possible examples are for secondary sex characteristics, body size, physical strength and morphology, ornamentation, behavior and other bodily traits. Traits such as ornamentation and breeding behavior found in one sex only implies that sexual selection over an extended period of time leads to sexual dimorphism.”

    • On my post for Friday I explain a bit about our weather don’t let the title deceive you! 🙂 Thanks so much Susan!

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