Habitat: Edges of ponds, wetlands, cattail marshes
- One of the earliest migrants to return to Michigan.
- Males are easily recognized by their red shoulders, which are most conspicuous in spring. Females and young are brownish in coloring with a barred pattern.
- During migration Red-wing Blackbirds travel and roost in large flocks. They eat insects, small fruits, seeds, grain, and small aquatic life.