Bird #6 — Red-winged Blackbird

agelaius (belonging to a flock) phoeniceus (deep red)

Wednesday, May 23, 1979 — 10:30 a.m.

Des Plaines, Illinois — O’Hare International — Manheim Road

My roommate and I had just pulled off the Kennedy Expressway onto Manheim Road when I spotted a male Red-winged Blackbird perched on a fence post in a weedy field between the airport and the road.

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