Late this morning (21st) there was a female RUSTY BLACKBIRD with a large mixed flock of Brewer's Blackbirds and Starlings near 49767 Chilliwack Central Road. The bird was often in the willow trees along the creek on the north side of the road but would fly down to the green grass pasture allowing nice views.
First thing this morning I took a quick look and saw among the Brewer's, Red-wings, starlings and a few cowbirds was just a male Rusty Blackbird. Around midday I stopped by and found a male and female almost side by side. I took a rushed shot as a car was coming up behind but you can sort of see both birds in the shot. (female on the left and male on the right)
When I passed by again on my way out after turning around I looked among the main flock for them but couldnt spot them. When I lowered my bins about 15 feet away among a half dozen starlings was the male Rusty! That was amusing. Of course they all flew as I was raising my camera. It would have been a great shot in the nice sunshine.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Post by denisknopp on Feb 27, 2016 16:23:41 GMT -8
Between 12:00 + 1:30 I went looking for the RUBL with no luck there where about 250 BRBL, EUST and RWBL but no BHCO or RUBL. I did see one Western Meadowlark and there was a nice gull flock both on Chilliwack Central. My first of the year California Gulls mixed with Thayer's, Ring-billed, Mew, and of cores Glaucous-winged Gull's. For the record last week I also saw 5 Western Meadowlarks on the east side of Yale West at Par Road. Good luck with the birds, Denis