Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rusty Blackbird

 Rusty blackbird (Eupjagus carolinus) in non-breeding feathers

Rusty blackbirds are on their way south from Canada's boreal forests to spend the winter in eastern portions of the U.S.  Although they are relatively uncommon,  last week a small flock happened to stop off at a marshy area that my husband and I like to haunt. 

Another view

Rusty blackbirds are ground feeders but they also like to spend time perched in trees. Sadly, in all my tree photos they are mere silhouettes. Hmmmm.

Apparently, rusty blackbird populations are on the decline, having plunged  an astounding 85 to 99 per cent over the past 40 years. No one seems to know why.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

42 comments:

Indrani said...

How clear, with so many details. Great shot!

Our photos said...

He is beautiful!
Greetings, RW & SK

Buttons said...

Oh they are so pretty I love the way you always capture that. Hug B

Leora said...

Gorgeous birds

Kerri Farley said...

Oh wow! What a beauty!

Pamela Gordon said...

He sure is a beautiful bird. I love the colours of his feathers. It's sad to think they are in decline.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wow! Much fun! A handsome fella!
Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful looking bird, great shots!

see you there! said...

Never heard of this one but the name sure fits. Sad the pop. is declining.

Darla

Sandra said...

this is really interesting, I have not seen or heard of these birds and he is really pretty.

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

He's so pretty. Excellent photos. How fortunate you were to see these guys.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a handsome bird, so sad it's declining so much

TexWisGirl said...

wow! so gorgeous! reminded me of a brindle dog!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a beautiful bird! I've never seen or even heard of them.

edenhills said...

What a beautiful bird!

NatureFootstep said...

these are shots that actually shows what the bird looks like. Very nice coloring. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Very interesting plumage. I know birders get very excited when they see a Rusty Blackbird around here.

Lowell said...

You have introduced me to many "new" birds and this is another one. Quite an attractive avian, actually. I wonder if they get as far south as Florida. Prob'ly not.

Terri Buster said...

Oh my gosh, I do not know this bird. How pretty! Thanks for the introduction...I'll probably never seen one anywhere else.

Stephanie said...

He is a beautiful bird, first time looking at this bird.

RedPat said...

They are quite attractive!

Karen said...

Wow EG, terrific shots! I saw a couple of these last week and could not figure out what they were! Now I know.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The coloration and dappling on this bird is extraordinary!!!

mick said...

Interesting bird and great coloring.

Elaine said...

Wonderful photos ! Have never sen them down here . Like the Monarch climate and environment is probably causing their decline .

Gunilla Bäck said...

Such a beautiful bird.

Jane of Levant said...

Gorgeous - do they sing beautifully like our blackbirds in the UK? pics are so good - Jane UK




Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful images of a new bird for me... many thanks for sharing

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of the Rusty Blackbird. I have only seen one once, great sighting.

Small City Scenes said...

Gorgeous blackbird. Never heard of this kind. Neat shots. MB

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those "rusty" feathers really make this blackbird shine out from the more ordinary ones I see. Beautiful bird.....I hate to hear about statistics like that, darn.

Randy said...

Nice colors.

Jack said...

EG, you do a terrific job of photographing birds. These two photos are, as usual, excellent.

Carletta said...

Love his colors!
You did a great job capturing his eye.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well I never! I didn't even know there was a rusty blackbird..much prettier than its black counterpart!. You captured this rusty beauty so well EG.

Dave said...

Now one to me also, but what a smashing species

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Nice birds! I came back from Illinois to Florida too early in the season to see them. Not much hope for them down here!

Electra said...

These are excellent photographs!! Such wonderful detail.

bailey-road.com said...

Nice shots of that handsome bird.

Sue said...

Unusual coloring!

=)

kelley jensen said...

I've seen lots of blackbirds in our area, touches of red and yellow--but never a rusty blackbird :) nice shot.

Rose said...

Wow, I had not heard of a rusty blackbird....now I am wondering if what I thought was cowbirds was rusty blackbirds??? Need to check into that farther.

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