It's always so pleasing to see the Red-winged Blackbirds, Agelaius phoeniceus, returning in the spring. These birds are sexually dimorphic--only males have yellow and red wing banding.
I most often see the red-wings on cattails, even on those in the highway medians. Curiously, around the lake there aren't many cattails at all. Here's the only stand of cattails I've so far run across, these from the magenta route.
There are some water grasses below where this fellow is perched that I need to look at more closely. I'll bet there are nesting females within those grasses.