The Chesapeake Bay's best-loved creatures are generally animals we can catch and eat, like blue crabs and oysters. They are followed by species that command our attention, like ospreys and herons. Then there are those whose prominent coloring, distinctive song, and abundance throughout the region mark them as essential to the watershed. In this episode, John Page introduces us to the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus), found from Virginia salt marshes to Maryland tidal fresh marshes, and Pennsylvania river meadows.
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These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at Amazon.com.