Red-winged Blackbirds Really Flock Together

I posted a video last week of a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds (Large Red-winged Blackbird Flock In Flight Video) and this is a photo I made this week of another large flock at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. These were in the same area as the Snow Geese that have been arriving.

I read that other types of birds will flock with these Red-winged Blackbirds so I always watch for them which is very difficult as you can see in the first photo.

I did spot a black and white bird that was mixed in with this large flock and I have cropped the last two photos to see if anyone can help with the identification of it.

Red-winged Blackbirds Really Flock Together Photo

A Large Flock Of Red-winged Blackbirds

A Black And White Bird Mixed In With The Red-winged Blackbirds Photo

A Black And White Bird Mixed In With The Red-winged Blackbirds

A Closer Look At The Black And White Bird Photo

A Closer Look At The Black And White Bird

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  1. CGJ November 13, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    It looks to me like there might be faint patches of red on the shoulders of your black and white bird in roughly the same location as with all of the other Red-winged Blackbirds. Looks like you may have captured something pretty special here, Steve. It will be interesting to see what your more knowledgeable readers make of this one!

  2. Jim Arterburn November 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Your bird is a blackbird/grackle and looks like a Red-winged Blackbird. However, it is a leucistic individual. Leucism is an abnormal plumage condition that is caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers. This can vary from an almost completely white bird to a bird with just white patches. Leucism is not that unusual in blackbirds/grackles. It is a neat looking bird non the less.

  3. Steve Creek November 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Thank you Jim for the information.

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