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:
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.
Check out our complete checklist for the evening.