rusty blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8 inches
Often found in wet wooded areas
Entirely black plumage in spring and summer
Variable amount of brown feather edges in fall and winter often with pale supercilium and malar streak
Breeding plumage similar to male but grayer
Winter plumage similar to male's
Male rusty blackbird similar to male Brewer's blackbird but lacks
purple iridescence. Female brewer's blackbird has a dark eye. Grackles
are larger with much longer tails. Cowbirds are smaller with more
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-5
Length of Incubation: 14 days
Days to Fledge: 11-13?
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Mostly aquatic invertebrates; lesser quantities of seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley