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Loblolly Cove ~ Red-winged Blackbird Habitat

Loblolly Cove Rockport Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015Loblolly Cove, Rockport
Male Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts -4 ©Kim Smith 2015Male Red-winged Blackbird

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Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Stars of the Marsh

Male Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015Heard at nearly every New England marsh, one can’t help but notice the beautiful and seemingly never ending song of the male Red-winged Blackbird. From sunrise to sunset he’s calling to his girl. Early this spring I set out to record the sounds of the marsh for my Monarch film. The male Red-winged Blackbirds are the stars of the marsh and while capturing their vocalizations, I also was also able to capture footage of their fascinating behaviors.Male Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts -5 ©Kim Smith 2015

 Male Red-winged Blackbirds Perching on Cattails (and Eating the Seed Heads, Too)

You’ll see many more males because they perch on higher ground, at the top of the cattails, phragmites, scrubby shrubs, phone lines, and treetops. They are defending their territory through song and a showy display of red and yellow wing bars. The males too, often swoop to the edge of the pond’s shoreline and peck at the sand.

Female Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts  -3©Kim Smith 2015

Plain Jane Female ~ What’s All the Fuss About!

The female Red-winged Blackbird, with her more subdued feathers of brown and beige, typically stays closer to the ground, building her nest and eating insects.Female and Male Red-winged Blackbird Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015

Female Red-winged Blackbird in the foreground with male in the background. As you can see in the photo, the female looks like a large dark sparrow.

Loblolly Cove ©Kim Smith 2015Loblolly Cove ~ Red-winged Blackbird Superhighway

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

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Loblolly Cove, Rockport, circa 1920

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Loblolly Cove, Rockport, circa 1920 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin

Gloucester photographer Alice Curtis shot this photograph from Eden Road, looking across Loblolly Cove. The tip of Emerson Point is on the right. Thacher Island sits in the distance, with its two 124 feet tall granite towers. Built in 1861, Thacher has the only remaining twin lights still operating in the United States. I’ve been asked several times in the gallery what loblolly means. Since 1597, loblolly was a restorative thick stew or gruel served on a ship to ailing or injured sailors, much like the way chicken soup is usde today for colds. Also an old British and American naval term, it refers to a warship surgeon’s assistant – a loblolly boy.

Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #A8657-125

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