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.
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