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In winter the blackbirds congregate in trees.  At Farmington Bay, the last house before the Waterfowl Management Area has a huge tree that is always filled with blackbirds.  I took the first picture yesterday.  You can really see the difference in the sky in this picture with no inversion versus the subsequent pictures from a few weeks ago when the inversion was terrible.  Salt Lake City has the dubious distinction of having same of the worst air quality in the country.

 

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The big groups seem so frenzied because so much activity is occurring.

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In the middle of all these blackbirds was a Black-Billed Magpie.  I really love this shot.  One calm bird in the middle of a flight of the other birds.

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2 Responses to “Red-winged Blackbirds and Black-billed Magpies”

  1. Kathy says:

    That last shot is a beauty. I love Magpies.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! Me too, it’s a real perk of living in Utah.

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