Date: 2/13/20 8:39 am
From: Philip Bradley <0000018eaa441e8c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] AWOL blackbirds
I have no Rusties, but there are hordes of Red-wings, Grackles, and Cowbirds. Thousands of Starlings are also present. The lone Yellow-headed Blackbird made a brief flyby last Saturday.

Phil Bradley
Shreveport and Red River NWR in Bossier Parish

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> On Feb 13, 2020, at 9:29 AM, Charles Williams <chazbizz91...> wrote:
> Back Monday from a two-week trip, I expected to find my daily blackbird
> flocks had arrived here in Comite Hills, EBR Parish. But this is not the
> case. There were no blackbirds of any species until this morning when I
> found five rusty blackbirds mixing with a small group of robins on a nearby
> lawn. Usually by this point in the winter, I would have a single species
> or more often mixed flock of 100+ on a daily basis (rusties, redwings, and
> grackles in that order of prominence). I assume this is probably just one
> of those inexplicable deviations in birds' preferences and movement, but
> the change is surprising enough that I wondered if other birders are also
> noting a reduction in the numbers of wintering rusties.
> Charles Williams
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