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We had well over a hundred rusty blackbirds in this location for the
Christmas bird count, Dec. 17. Yes, I agree very cool!

Linda Frederick
Rolla, Missouri

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Jack Foreman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Sorry for the late post. Yesterday at Maramec Springs Park we fell into
> the largest flock of Rusty Blackbirds we've ever seen. There were a hundred
> or more, impossible to get an exact count even with photos, as they were in
> constant motion. Overcast skies weren't helpful but we took about a million
> photos anyway and managed to get one pic that we can count 93 Rusty's in.
> There were no doubt many more that aren't in that particular photo but not
> knowing just how many we conservatively settled on calling it an even
> hundred.
>
> We had a flock of 70 in the exact location a month ago so wondering if
> this might be the same flock, but with some additional birds joining them
> over the past few weeks. It was extra nice to find them yesterday as we
> went there specifically hoping to find some as they were new birds for our
> daughter. This park seems to be particularly attractive to Rusty Blackbirds
> as we've seen them there several times in the past, although never in the
> numbers we're seeing this year. Very cool! The park was very birdy as
> usual, red-headed woodpeckers on every other tree, and all their cousins
> throughout the park, including 2 Yellow-bellied sapsuckers. 28 species
> total for the trip.  Full list here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist/S34636177
>
>
>
> Jack and Shirley Foreman
> Leslie Mo.
>
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