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A Red-winged Blackbird on alert in Winona, Minnesota. Nest defense is a high priority when your nest is two feet from a heavily used bike and walking path. I sat down and he settled down quickly. This is him launching an attack on an unsuspecting hiker.

4 responses

  1. joan schnabel

    Hi Walter, My name is Joan Schnabel and I was a family practice physician at Winona Clinic the same time your dad was there. I would love to get in touch with your Mom again, or at least please pass on my regards to her. I saw your mural on one of the birding sites, and then recently read your response to Sharon Steitler’s post. I am retired and now do a lot with birds, especially raptors. I have volunteered for the last 10 years at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha as one of the handlers, and now have two ed birds, both injured, a red tail and an owl at home. If you ever get back this way for any reason, get in touch. I’m in Fountain City. Joan

    July 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

  2. Hi Joan,

    So nice to hear from you. I was just in Winona and would have loved to meet up with you. Perhaps next time. I sent your information along to my Mom.

    I’ll get in touch with you if I’m ever heading to the midwest and you are welcome to visit the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory if you find yourself on the west coast. I was just at the National Eagle Center – keep an eye out for a post about my visit very soon.

    Take Care, Walter

    July 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

  3. joan schnabel

    HI, Sorry to miss you in Winona. I should have guessed from the Red Wing Blackbird photo. I’ve already heard from your Mom. She is amazing, but I’m sure you know that.
    Do you volunteer at Golden Gate? I met randy Bries or something like that a long time ago banding in Mexico. I think he was/is part of that crew. Hope you had a good time at NEC. I’ll keep looking for the post. regards, Joan

    July 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

  4. Dee

    The Black (bomber) angry bird attack !!! hahaha

    August 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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