Red-winged Blackbird on a Post – Waiting for Clearance to Fly

When Paul Bunyan’s loggers roofed an Oregon bunkhouse with shakes, fog was so thick that they shingled forty feet into space before discovering they had passed the last rafter.
– Oregon: End of the Trail, “Tall Tales and Legends” –

We were all ‘grounded’ this morning when a thick fog rolled in. Even the birds sat it out for a while – waiting for the fleeting fog to lift.


“Air Traffic Control says I have to just sit here in the fog. I’m not instrument-rated.”


“Heads up – I got a fleeting glimpse of the runway!”


“Ground Control – this is Little Bird Golf Echo Charlie, on the east fence post, ready for takeoff.”

The Feather Files
Name: Red-winged Blackbird
Species: Agelaius phoeniceus
Native to and Migration: Red-winged Blackbirds that breed through most of Canada spend the winter in the southern United States. The birds that breed in the United States and Mexico don’t migrate at all.
Date Seen: June 2013
Location: NE of Calgary, Alberta

29 thoughts on “Red-winged Blackbird on a Post – Waiting for Clearance to Fly

  1. Great catch, Margie. I love fog. Because we live so close to the ocean, fog is not an uncommon sight. In fact, after a hot and sunny afternoon, we were surprised that it was so foggy at the Oceanfront when we went for our ice cream this evening, we couldn’t even see the water from the Boardwalk. Guess a cool front moved in and hit that warm air.


    1. We’re so far away from any body of water that fog is always a surprise.
      I would absolutely love walking along a boardwalk eating ice cream. Mint chocolate chip ice cream in a waffle cone – that is my very favourite. If I’m at Dairy Queen, then I have a Reese’s Peanut butter cup mini blizzard. (Now I’m going to have to check our deep freeze to see if there is any ice cream.)


  2. Love this, I can almost feel the damp fog. That is good photography to create touch.


      1. Had a look again – I’m sure it’s a bird that belongs to the Turdidae family, but there is 65 different “models” of them.


        1. Here in Alberta, the most commonly seen member of that family (the Thrushes, I believe) is the robin. So, the bird on the fence post could very well have been a robin.


          1. We have Robins here too .. but it’s much smaller than the one on your photo – they are very tiny.


        2. I measured the top of the fence post, and it is 4 inches in diameter. Our robins are 7 to 9 inches long, so a robin is definitely a possible candidate!


  3. I think the birds are far less bothered by flight delays than we are :-). Nice shots, as always!


  4. I love the gentle feel of these shots. Also I was blown away by the marbles, but couldn’t find a place to leave a comment.


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