The Red-winged Blackbirds are among the first of the spring birds to arrive on the Cape. They typically are seen towards the end of February. They have been bursting forth the last many weeks with a loud chorus of songs – a true sign of spring after this long winter! They are common summer residents and are found in marshes, swamps, and along borders of streams and ponds. The Red-winged Blackbird is black overall. They have bright red shoulder patches with a yellow edge. This singing blackbird was recently seen perched in Great Sippewissett Marsh.