Re-posting from the @horiconmarshbirdclub
Another magnificent migrant to look for!
We are probably familiar with Red-winged Blackbirds, those colorful black birds with amazing red wing patches. Be on the look out for this member of the Blackbird family, the Rusty Blackbird, it is now migrating through the area to nest in Canada. It breeds in wet forests, including areas with fens, bogs, muskeg, and beaver ponds on migration the Rusty blackbird inhabits forested wetlands where you will find them turning over leaves to find food Closely reassembling the Common Grackle The Rusty Blackbird gets it name from a rusty coloring and the call of a squeaky/rusty gate. The Rusty Blackbird has undergone one of the sharpest and most mystifying recent declines of any North American songbird. The North American Breeding Bird Survey estimates that populations declined by 4.4% every year between 1966 and 2014, resulting in a cumulative decline of 89%. #HoriconMarsh #backyardbirding #birdingfromhome #wisconsinbirds