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March 1, 2017

Running start before liftoff for the kooky coot

Running start before liftoff for the kooky coot

“There were two blackbirds sitting on a hill,

One named Jack and the other named Jill.

Fly away, Jack, fly away, Jill.

Come again, Jack, come again, Jill.”

It’s spring. Jack and Jill, the red-winged blackbirds, are back. It is time to mate. The pretty black male bird, Jack, has red and yellow on his wings. The plain brown female, Jill, is making a nest in cattails close to the water. She will lay three to four eggs in the nest. The baby birds will hatch and then fly away. There are about 190 million red-winged blackbirds in North and Central America.

Photographer: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times


Published March 2017

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