Friday, February 8, 2013

Rusty Blackbird in the yard

      Took a little time to cool off and do some birding after shoveling the driveway,sidewalk and patio this morning.  I was hoping to get some shots of the Chipping Sparrow ( that has been visiting my feeders since Sunday) posed on some snow covered foliage.  The Chipper never landed on the snow covered parts of the bushes so all I got were photos of it on the ground.  While sitting behind my camera waiting for the sparrow to cooperate, I heard a different bird up in the Sycamore tree.  It turned out to be a Rusty Blackbird.  It's only my second Rusty Blackbird sighting in my yard, the first was of three birds flying over with a group of Red-Winged Blackbirds during migration last October.

Rusty Blackbird

Chipping Sparrow stil hanging around

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal
    Hopefully the Chipping Sparrow will hang around until next weekend for the Great Backyard Bird Count.  Here is a link to the GBBC website   .


  1. Hi Mark, hope all is well!

    I have had an odd duck in my backyard twice (that I know of) this year

    See you in September,
    Greg in Lansing

  2. Hey Greg, That Junco would have had me flipping through some books.