Animal Awareness: Red-Winged Blackbirds

Visitors to Eldridge Park and the Illinois Prairie Path are reminded to keep a look out for red-winged blackbirds this time of year, which are currently nesting and mating in those areas.

The red-winged blackbird is one of the most common and abundant birds in North America. They are fierce defenders of their nests, harassing all those that come close. Though smaller than the American robin, they will think nothing of harassing hawks, crows and other large birds that pass over and will commonly escort humans away by hovering close and making angry calls.

The red-winged blackbird can be found throughout the Elmhurst community and, in the past, some have been reported to exhibit aggressive behavior in Eldridge Park and along the Illinois Prairie Path.