Nature Notes

May 10, 2011

Red-winged Blackbird in invasive phragmites

Filed under: Conservation,Long Point — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Red-winged Blackbird female

Red-winged Blackbird female

This lovely Red-winged Blackbird was perched along the Big Creek marsh trail at Long Point. She sits on a graceful plant called phragmites or Common Reed. It is a tall plant that is often used in gardens but it has invaded natural marsh area throughout North America and is difficult to control.

Ontario Parks have recognized the dangers of this plant and are studying possible controls. They include  herbicide, cutting, burning, smothering and biological.

Red-winged Blackbird female

Red-winged Blackbird female

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