Rusty Blackbird


The Rusty Blackbird is an infrequent visitor to the Lake. Indeed, most posted range maps suggest that it is not to be seen here at all. Yet, here it was on its fall migration foraging, apparently for arthropods, in ponds beside the Lake. (I would have missed the little flock had it not been for a chance encounter with Janice Arndt, who suggested what I could see if I were to head down a alternative path.) 

A few of the Rusty Blackbirds scouring the edge of a pond for delectables.

The birds would scour one small area and then fly to the next.

This is perhaps my favourite shot of the event. Two Rusty Blackbirds search the pond for arthropods, and one has been found. But, look at the autumnal colours reflected in the water.

This bird begins to pick up another arthropod that it had already turned over.

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4 Responses to Rusty Blackbird

  1. Slydoggie says:

    More evidence for the difference an alternative path makes, especially at the suggestion of an expert. I never tire of being reminded of such things. I don’t mean anything hackneyed like the less traveled or worn path. Just the finality of it all is what grips me, the existential choice. You cannot go down any path twice.

  2. Karen Pidcock says:

    Thanks for showing us this infrequent visitor. So good that your eyes are always open and your camera at hand!!

  3. Karen Pidcock says:

    And…its lovely understated colours are really integral accompaniment to the reflected colour in the water!

  4. Christine Boyd says:

    Thank you Alistair. I haven’t heard of rusty blackbirds until now. Nice presentation.

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