Oct 082016
 

I came across this flock of Rusty Blackbirds at about 4 PM on October 4 on the Trans Canada Trail (Jackson Creek section). They were flying around the marsh west of Lily Lake in a flock of about twenty similarly-sized birds. On October 7, the Rusty Blackbirds seemed to be part of a mixed flock that also included Red-winged Blackbirds and robins. I have no idea of the numbers of each species (it was too dark to identify anything from a distance), but there were probably over a hundred birds roosting together. It was quite noisy!

Greg Conley, Peterborough

 

Rusty Blackbirds near Lily Lake - October 2016 - Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbirds near Lily Lake – October 4, 2016 – Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (female) near Lily Lake - October 2016 - Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (female) near Lily Lake. Note pale iris – October 7, 2016 – Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (male) near Lily Lake - October 2016 - Greg Conley

Rusty Blackbird (male) near Lily Lake. Note pale iris  РOctober 7, 2016 РGreg Conley