From Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper, page 37 (Flower Valley Press, 1994):
Flocking together as summer wanes, a brigade of bachelor red-winged blackbirds swings into the southbound lane, where traffic is backed up to the Arctic Circle. But where are the brownish females? Flocking apart. Red-winged congregations are strictly his or hers, except in spring when they sing, "I'm ok-a-lee, you're ok-a-lee," and consort among the cattails long enough to make sure there will always be red-winged blackbirds. Then it's back to separate dorms - flocking together apart.
This also appeared in Charles Harper's Birds & Words, page 148 (AMMO Books, 2008, reissued from 1972 original).
Charley Harper - Birds of a Feather
Product Code: HARBI4
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