Waiting to Sing

Many times rural folks do not realize that birds, like the red-winged black bird in this image, reside in urban areas.  It is easy to assume most birds, like other species of wildlife, prefer to live outside the city limits. It is not unusual to see red-winged blackbirds in my urban neighborhood. In fact many, like this one, seem accustomed to having human visitors. Cautiously it remained in the tree long past the time birds in the countryside would have taken flight.  As still as a portrait, this bird didn’t move. The song would begin when the visitor left. It was easy to understand he was waiting to sing.

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