Late Season Birds – a Rusty Blackbird seen

By , November 19, 2011 1:01 pm

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird 11/18/11

We saw a Rusty Blackbird yesterday. It isn’t a rare bird but because it is so easily missed in a flock of blackbirds it needs to be looked for. I don’t think I have seen these more than 5 or 6 times in my life. In the last 4 or 5 years the situation didn’t allow a lot of time to scan flocks of birds. (Most of the time when I was in Memphis, I lived in a development which was built on land completely bulldozed so that no original trees of foliage was left. It was not a good place to see any birds.) Now back in Minnesota and on a lake we are on an ideal place to see birds. At this point of the year the huge flocks of blackbirds (mostly Redwings) have dwindled to a handful. So we have been seeing a late season Common Grackle and now the Rusty. With the first snow today the season is truly coming to a close so very soon we won’t have even have the stragglers.

One Response to “Late Season Birds – a Rusty Blackbird seen”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I also enjoyed seeing the Rusty Blackbird yesterday. It is quite unique! I also saw two Eagles chasing each other over the lake. One dropped the fish it had and the other one retrieved the fist. Don’t have any pictures of this but it was spectacular! Today we are getting our first snow of the season. Lots of birds are coming to the feeders. We have to keep our eye out for any slightly different birds from the norm!

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