Length: 7 - 9.5"
Habitat: Marshes; shrubby swamps; wet roadside ditches; overgrown weedy fields and hayfields.
During nonbreeding period: weed seeds and waste grains.
During breeding season: mostly insects, spiders, millipedes, and snails.
Also, some small fruits and berries when available.
Female Red-winged Blackbird
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Red-winged Blackbird breeds throughout New England.
This bird is found during the winter in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as well as far southern Vermont, far southern New Hampshire, and along the coast of Maine.
Red-winged Blackbirds are also seen during migration throughout most of New England, moving southward from Canada as well as northern New England.
Year-round Map from eBird
Year-round sightings of the Red-winged Blackbird (1900-present)
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS