Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rusty Blackbird

This morning a friend and I went out to Clavet, Cheviot and Blackstrap lakes to see what we could find.
Here are the highlights :

Rusty Blackbird - all together around 45 birds in 3 separate flocks. These are new for the year.
Lapland Longspur - 400 +. Some along the shore of Blackstrap Lake and many flying over grain fields.
Pectoral Sandpiper - 5 at Cheviot Lake
Baird's Sandpiper - 20 at Cheviot Lake
Long-billed Dowicher - 25 at Cheviot
Killdeer - 3 at Clavet
Black-bellied Plover - 2 at Cheviot
Semipalmated Plover - 1 at Cheviot
American Avocet - 20 at Blutcher
Greater Yellowlegs - 5 at Blackstrap , 2 at Clavet
Bald Eagle - 3 juveniles flying low over Cheviot Lake
Northern Harrier - 1 at Blackstrap
Merlin - 1 at Blackstrap
American kestrel - 2 at Clavet roosting in some trees at the cemetery
Harris's Sparrow - 1 in some shrubs at Clavet
White-throated Sparrow - 1 at the cemetery at Clavet
Song, Vesper and Savannah Sparrows - many flocking together
European Starling - 35 on the powerlines at a Clavet farmstead
Mourning Dove - 3 at Blackstrap
Sandhill Crane - 300+ around Blucher
Snow Goose - 200+ at Cheviot

There were still a few small pockets of waterfowl, including Green and Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead and Lesser Scaup situated at many of the aforementioned locations.

I will post more photos from this trip later, but for now, here's one of the Rusty Blackbirds:


Barbie ♥ said...

What a gorgeous fall specimen! You sure do have some fine birding days, Nick. We in Pennsylvania are worried about the Rusty Blackbird...seems they are declining.

kjpweb said...

Very good image! Wonderful detail!
Cheers, Klaus

John Theberge said...

I don't think we have these birds here in Maine but it's easy to see how it got its name.

The Birdlady said...

Oh mt gosh Nick! To be able to to that with a blackbird...

Unknown said...

Awesome details, beautifully shot

Nick S said...

Thanks for the kind words guys. Yes, its true , the Rusty Blackbird is in decline compared to the more common Brewer's , Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds.
It is quite heart-warming when you go out and see several flocks of this species, but at the same time you wish the flocks were bigger..
Hopefully things will improve in years to come.

Shelley said...

I really like these! And he has such an intense expression!

Nick S said...

Thanks Shelly :-)

NCmountainwoman said...

Great photographs. I'm glad to have found your blog. I will enjoy reading the archives and looking at your great pictures.

Nick S said...

Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoy the archives, as there is lots in there :-)

Mike said...

Thats a stunning looking bird and great shots of it Nick, nice one.

DeniseinVA said...

Awesome photography!

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are great! Can't wait to see the rest.

Nick S said...

Thanks guys ! More to come...