Saturday, February 21, 2015

Yet Another Rusty Day

This morning, I attended a workshop on Bluebirds put on by the Travis Audubon Society. The workshop was very interesting but our attempt to put up a bird house may wait until we reconcile ourselves with what to do with the local house sparrows.

Since the workshop was held at Hornsby Bend, I took the opportunity afterwards to haul the camera equipment down to Pond 3 and sat for three hours looking at the Rusty Blackbirds, hoping for some better shots and observing.

I have learned recently that the Rusty Blackbird has suffer inexplicable and perilous decline in numbers, losing 95% of the population in 50 years.

Below is a slideshow of the some of the shots (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't) The one image with a very striped bird is a female or juvenile Red-winged Blackbird for comparison.

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