In Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife books, Dag Redwing is named for the Red-Winged Blackbird. Since reading the series [over and over again, as one does], that's become one of my favorite birds. Yesterday morning, as I drove out to run errands, a flock of them took flight across the road in front of me. Their dancing red and yellow shoulder-flames dazzled my eyes. As Dag's wife Fawn says about him, they made my eyes happy.