A male red winged black bird. | The common name for the red-winged blackbird is taken from the mainly black adult male's distinctive red shoulder patches, or epaulets, which are visible when the bird is flying or displaying. At rest, the male also shows a pale yellow wingbar. Female’s however are blackish-brown and paler below. They have a very distinctive call where males sound as if its calling out the word terrreee in a vibrating manner. They migrate in North America and the specie is found from Alaska to Central America.
One of my biggest lessons from traveling is remaining flexible. I was hoping for warm sunshine our first day in the Grand Tetons. Instead we got hail. We donned our jackets and still went out and saw Jenny Lake, which took on a mystical air in the clouds. Plus, our warm car and cabin were so much more appreciated afterward.