Date: 1/3/18 4:43 pm From: Bill Tice <ticebill7...> Subject: [obol] Local rba Marion Co Rusty Blackbird
I started the birding day by going to the Talking Water Gardens in Albany to look for the reported American Tree Sparrow. I ran into Roy Gerig and we spent a good half hour looking without success. He left and I went looking for Swamp Sparrows and heard 2 of them. Next I went over to Marion Co and along Duckflat Rd found 1 Lesser Yellowlegs along with about 25 Greaters. From there I went to look for the Trumpeter Swans reported recently just south of Turner, and there were 3 of them there. As there was a large cooperative flock of blackbirds in the corn rubble near the aluminum shed along Hennies Rd, I pulled in there to look them over. In time I found one bird I believe to be an imm/female type of Tri-colored Blackbird. She was in company with the many female red-wings, all of which showed rufous tones. This was was without any such rufous, being quite a uniform slate, cold grey. There is one washed out pic in my eBird report. After than I nailed down a bright female Rusty Blackbird (no pics). I first noted a grey rump/lower back and solid brownish upper back, and then a light rufous eyeline and breast. The flock flew off about then, and I wish I could have gotten more on it as well as pics, but am confident in the ID. I am not sure if there are any former Marion records of Rusty Blackbird (Is this still a review species?).