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Confirm Red-winged Blackbird

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I saw this bird this morning in Chapel Hill, NC.  Immediately decided I was seeing a RW Blackbird, but looking at the only photo I got of the bird, I've started second guessing myself.  The bird has a lot of nice color, I'm thinkin immature male?

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Yes, this is an immature Red-winged Blackbird, and I am also leaning towards a male. While adult males are black overall and have a red and yellow shoulder patch, adult females are brown with a heavily streaked overall and a yellowish wash on the face. Juveniles/immatures are similar to adult females but have more yellow on their face and have a fleshy gape.

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