Rusty Blackbird at Yeager Hollow Pond

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I am back in the states after a quick trip to the Azores (where I successfully found my target bird, the Azores Bullfinch). I’ll have more posts up about my trip soon.

This evening, Alex and I made a trip out to Yeager Hollow Pond where a Marsh Wren was found by Alex and his friends Nate Fronk and Josh Lefever on October 9.  Sparrows were very active despite the cold temperatures; we estimated about 40 Song Sparrows and about half as many Swamp Sparrows, in addition to two White-crowned Sparrows and two Lincoln’s Sparrows.  The Marsh Wren never made an appearance.  While trying to get better looks at a Lincoln’s Sparrow, a blackbird flew up out of the nearby corn field and began calling.  This is what we saw:

Rusty Blackbird

We could see that the bird was a Rusty Blackbird, but didn’t have a great look at it. We kept busy with sparrows for awhile. Eventually the Rusty Blackbird reappeared at very close range and I was able to get some good photos that showed its plumage very well and helped us ID it as an adult female in nonbreeding plumage.

Rusty Blackbird – adult female basic plumage (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

 

Rusty Blackbird – adult female basic plumage (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

Rusty Blackbird – adult female basic plumage (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

Check out our complete checklist for the evening.