Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Origin: North and Central America
Sighted at: INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi

I’ve just returned from a big long roadtrip back to Florida, and I had the pleasure of observing a whole heckuva-lot-of nature along the way! The trip itself probably deserves its own post, but there’s wildlife aplenty to share, so I’m starting with that first.

This chirpy fellow is, despite his appearance, a red-winged blackbird. This male is either a juvenile or not currently breeding – in the breeding season, the zeniths of his wings are a bright red tuft of feathers, used to attract mates! I’ll have to keep an eye out for a more striking example of this species in the future.

This shot was taken at the INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi – a charming museum with information about the nearby NASA Rocket facility, some leftover props from space missions, a beautiful botanical garden, and a seasonal exhibit on carnivorous plants!