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   Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Euphagus carolinus

   Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) - RUBL (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map

  1. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2018 @ 12:09pm, 5 month(s) ago
    California birders,  The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in early June. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local
    listservs as appropriate. Thank you.  Tom  Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee   Broad-billed Hummingbird 2017-166 15 Dec 2017 Bay Park SD  (single observer, documentation complete) Broad-billed Hummingbird 2017-172 16 Dec 2017-6 Mar 2018 Goleta SBA  (documentation from 5 observers, add値 doc. requested) Broad-billed Hummingbird 2018-025 27 Feb 2018 Mission Valley SD  (single observer, documentation complete) Broad-billed Hummingbird 2018-028 9-19 Mar 2018 San Francisco SF  (documentation from 6 observers, add値 doc. requested) Tricolored Heron 2017-111 13 Oct 2017-17 Apr 2018 San Diego R. & Famosa Slough SD (documentation from 8 observers, add値 doc. requested) Tricolored Heron 2017-136 1 Oct 2017-28 Apr 2018 San Diego Bay SD  (documentation from 3 observers, add値 doc. requested) Greater Pewee 2017-114 12-29 Oct 2017 Pacific Palisades LA  (documentation from 5 observers, add値 doc. requested) Greater Pewee 2017-151 5 Dec 2017-16 Apr 2018 Balboa Park SD  (documentation from 7 observers, add値 doc. requested) Dusky-capped Flycatcher 2017-145 29 Nov-1 Dec 2017 Crab Park HUM  (documentation from 3 observers, add値 doc. requested) Dusky-capped Flycatcher 2017-146 1 Dec 2017-3 Apr 2018 Ladera Park LA  (documentation from 1 observer, add値 doc. requested) Dusky-capped Flycatcher 2017-157 15 Dec 2017-12 Jan 2018 Berry Park SD  (documentation from 3 observers, add値 doc. requested) Dusky-capped Flycatcher 2017-163 16 Dec 2017-12 Jan 2018 CSU Channel Islands VEN  (documentation from 1 observer, add値 doc. requested) Dusky-capped Flycatcher 2017-164 16 Dec 2017-16 Mar 2018 Runnymede Rec. Center LA  (documentation from 1 observer, add値 doc. requested) Thick-billed Kingbird 2017-120 23 Oct 2017-8 Apr 2018 Poggi Canyon SD  (documentation from 3 observers, add値 doc. requested) Curve-billed Thrasher 2017-137 22-24 Nov 2017 Senator Wash Reservoir IMP  (single observer, documentation complete) White Wagtail 2017-167 21 Dec 2017-30 Jan 2018 Prado Reg. Park SBE  (documentation from 5 observers, add値 doc. requested) Common Redpoll 2018-005 8-13 Jan 2018 Aspendell INY  (documentation from 7 observers, add値 doc. requested) Rusty Blackbird 2017-153 10 Dec 2017-8 Apr 2018 Almansor Park LA  (documentation from 4 observers, add値 doc. requested) Rusty Blackbird 2017-161 17 Dec 2017-20 Jan 2018 Trancas Canyon LA  (documentation from 1 observer, add値 doc. requested) Rusty Blackbird 2017-162 17-19 Dec 2017 Mammoth MNO  (documentation from 2 observers, add値 doc. requested) Rusty Blackbird 2018-006 10 Jan 2018 Bette Davis Picnic Area LA  (single observer, documentation complete) Rusty Blackbird 2018-007 13 Jan-18 Feb 2018 Moonglow Dairy MTY  (documentation from 3 observers, add値 doc. requested) Rusty Blackbird 2018-020 8 Feb-8 Apr 2018 Waller Park SBA  (documentation from 7 observers, add値 doc. requested) Worm-eating Warbler 2018-003 6 Jan-17 Feb 2018 Reichmuth Park SAC  (documentation from 6 observers, add値 doc. requested) Cape May Warbler 2018-017 3 Feb 2018 Blythe RIV  (single observer, documentation complete) Grace痴 Warbler 2018-019 5 Feb-1 Apr 2018 Del Mar SD  (documentation from 6 observers, add値 doc. requested) Grace痴 Warbler 2018-030 7-8 Apr 2018 Claremont LA  (documentation from 2 observers, add値 doc. requested)  What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( ).  Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email.  Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided  even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can稚 be obtained or vocalizations
    can稚 be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren稚 preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present. 
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  3. RUSTY BLACKBIRD at MoonGlow Dairy, January 13 LINK
    DATE: Jan 13, 2018 @ 10:29pm, 8 month(s) ago
    This afternoon around 2:30, Logan Kahle and i briefly stopped by MoonGlow Dairy in Moss Landing, hoping to see some of the recent rarities there. While birding the cattle pens looking for Cattle Egret or Yellow-headed Blackbird, we were sorting through the 2-3,000 blackbirds present, when i noticed one on the ground outside the pens with a distinctly rusty coloration to its head and back. I realized i had a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in my view. Logan got on it very quickly and got a few photographs. The bird flew up and into a farther cattle pen with many other blackbirds. There were hundreds of Brewer's and starlings, and a few dozens of Red-winged, Tricolored, and cowbirds, and over a thousand "blackbird sp." Sorting through the flock could take a while if you aren't as lucky as we were, especially as the birds move around around a lot while foraging.
    We were on our way back from a morning spent at the Big Sur River near Hwy 1, where we successfully chased the continuing Louisiana Waterthrush. It took over three hours, but we eventually saw the bird on the south bank of the creek, directly underneath the pedestrian footbridge nearest the highway. It spent some time moving in the bushes and leaf litter about 50 feet from the water, also, giving great looks.
    If you go to MoonGlow Dairy to look for the Rusty and you've never been before, be sure to follow all guidelines for birding this private property:
    Good birding,
    Bob Toleno
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  5. Request for documentation for CBRC review species LINK
    DATE: Nov 17, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Greeting Calbirders,  As fall migration is winding down, I hope that you all got out and saw some good birds over the past few months. There were a number of reports on listservs and on eBird of California Bird Records Committee (CBRC)
    review species . If you saw any of these, I encourage you to submit your documentation (written descriptions, photos, and/or audio recordings) to the CBRC. In particular, I have included a list below
    for which the CBRC has received little or no documentation. If you have not submitted documentation to the CBRC previously and you don稚 know what to include, please visit the
    CBRC website where you can find
    submission guidelines as well as a
    report form . One of the CBRC痴 primary purposes is to permanently maintain documentation of rare birds in order to better understand the status and distribution of birds in California, as well
    as to preserve these records for future research. Your submission of documentation greatly facilitates the work of the CBRC in pursuing this goal.  Great () Frigatebird  Point Pinos MTY, 2 Nov: 0 reports Nazca Booby  Point Pinos MTY, 14 Nov: 0 reports Black Vulture  Bodega Bay SON, 22 Oct-8 Nov: 0 reports Bar-tailed Godwit  Shoreline Park ALA, 3-5 Sep: 1 report Little Stint  Tolowa Dunes DN, 1 Aug: 1 report Little Stint  Centerville Wetlands HUM, 31 Aug: 1 report Little Stint  San Jacinto Wildlife Area RIV, 9-15 Oct: 3 reports Red-necked Stint  Humboldt Bay HUM, 14 Aug: 3 reports Red-necked Stint  Eel River Estuary HUM, 1 Sep: 0 reports Red-necked Stint  San Jacinto Wildlife Area RIV, 5-9 Sep: 3 reports Thick-billed Murre  near Bodega Head SON, 9 Oct: 3 reports Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  Humboldt Bay HUM, 16-21 Sep: 2 reports Dusky-capped Flycatcher  Antonelli Pond SCZ, 4 Sep: 0 reports Dusky-capped Flycatcher  Point Pinos MTY, 14-16 Nov: 0 reports Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher  Carpinteria Creek SBA, 30 Sep: 0 reports Blue-headed Vireo  Fort Rosecrans Nat値 Cemetery SD, 18 Sep: 0 reports Winter Wren  Crystal Spring SBE/INY, 5-7 Nov: 1 report Dusky Warbler  Oyster Point SM, 24-26 Sep: 4 reports Rufous-backed Robin  Chiriaco Summit RIV, 13-14 Oct: 0 reports Rufous-backed Robin  Desert Center RIV, 12-16 Nov: 0 reports Mourning Warbler  Galileo Hill KER, 10-11 Sep, 3 reports Cape May Warbler  Point Reyes MRN, 11 Oct: 0 reports Cape May Warbler  Palo Alto SCL, 15-17 Oct: 1 report Rusty Blackbird  Smith River DN, 15 Nov: 0 reports Streak-backed Oriole  Desert Center RIV, 23-24 Oct: 3 reports Common Grackle  Smith River DN, 15 Nov: 0 reports  Thank you, Tom  Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee secretary@... 
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  7. new photos of rare birds LINK
    DATE: Feb 3, 2015 @ 10:29am, 4 year(s) ago
    I just placed a bunch of new photos of rare birds in CA including Common Scoter, Rustic Bunting, Rusty Blackbird, Brambling etc on my website. Click on Photo Gallery tab on my homepage, then Recent Photos gallery to see the images.
    The male Black-throated Blue Warbler, Oak Titmouse (accidental in Del Norte), Sandhill Crane were all seen by us yesterday along with the Common Scoter (first North American record except for one record in Greenland)窶ヲ..go get that bird!
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey 375-4658
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  9. Rusty Blackbird continues in Merced County LINK
    DATE: Nov 20, 2014 @ 4:31pm, 4 year(s) ago
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  11. Rusty Blackbird, Santa Cruz County LINK
    DATE: Mar 1, 2014 @ 3:50pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    Christian Schwarz found and photographed a Rusty Blackbird this morning (2/28) at Harkins Slough in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County. So far it has not been seen again, despite at least a few birders looking. Here are the details:
    "Howdy all,
    I found a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Harkins Slough Road in Santa Cruz County this morning.
    It was in the willows and snags immediately along the road on the W side of the flooded section of Harkins Slough Road (accessed from Buena Vista Road).
    eBird checklist here:
    Map and directions here:
    (Just the messenger)
    John Garrett
    Santa Cruz
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  13. Rusty Blackbird at Rodeo Lagoon - Marin County LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2013 @ 7:25pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Female Rusty Blackbird continues at Rodeo ツLagoon, mostly in the northeast corner. Rodeo Lagoon is part of the Marin Headlands section of the GGNRA, Digiscoped shots of the bird at 45-70' distance seemed to show the presence of an incomplete eye ring (whitish rockers above and below), as well as a light brown to light amber iris, suggesting perhaps a juvenile bird. Documentary photos can be seen at:
    Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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  15. Santa Cruz Rusty Blackbird Continues 11/13 LINK
    DATE: Nov 14, 2013 @ 4:06pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Birders -
    Rusty Blackbird enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the bird John Garrett found near the Baldwin Creek mouth continues today at the previously described location. After standing lamely next to the birdless field across the street from the parking area for a half hour (that's the north side of Hwy 1), a handful of blackbirds flew in, including the Rusty. This was at about 12:20 PM. The bird stuck around for a while and strolled quite close to us.
    Christian Schwarz also had the bird in the field early in the morning, before 8 AM.
    Good birding,
    Steve Tucker
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  17. Fw: [MBB] More on the Rusty Blackbird, 11/11 LINK
    DATE: Nov 11, 2013 @ 1:49pm, 5 year(s) ago
    FYI - this is in Santa Cruz County.
    -----Forwarded Message-----
    >From: John Garrett <johngarrett@...>
    >Sent: Nov 11, 2013 1:43 PM
    >To: Monterey Birds <mbb@...>
    >Subject: [MBB] More on the Rusty Blackbird, 11/11
    >Hi birders,
    >As Steve posted (thanks, Steve!), there was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD near the Baldwin Creek mouth today. It was in the plowed agricultural field with a mixed blackbird/Feral Pigeon flock just north of the highway from the parking area for the Baldwin Creek mouth. It moved around a fair amount with the flock, sometimes landing on the telephone wires, but I'd put the coordinates roughly at 36.97102, -122.11998. While it's sometimes visible from the parking lot (which was my initial vantage), it's much easier to see from the north side of the highway.
    >I've posted some (rusty) photos here:
    >Alex Rinkert and Nick Levendosky soon arrived and obtained better photos.
    >Of lesser interest was a continuing female GREATER SCAUP and a new male LESSER SCAUP in the pond west of the creek mouth. A few female Agelaius in the same blackbird flock as the Rusty appeared to be Mainland-type RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (in addition to many BICOLOREDS and TRICOLOREDS).
    >John Garrett
    >Santa Cruz
    >mbb mailing list
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  19. Fwd: [LACoBirds] Rusty Blackbird KMHRP LINK
    DATE: Nov 10, 2013 @ 9:44am, 5 year(s) ago
    Keeping Calbirds informed: Report of Rusty Blackbird at Kenneth Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Los Angeles County. This location is west of the 110 and south of PCH. It was reported on the west side of the park (adjacent to Vermont), near the playground.
    From: Martin Byhower
    Subject: [LACoBirds] Kmhrp
    Date: November 10, 2013 9:09:08 AM PST
    To: "" <>
    Right now, Rusty blackbird, Stilt Sandpipers , Am Redstart, cackling Goose, HoodedMerganser; various locations. Also Bonaparte's Gull. canvasback (uncommon for the park). RuBb is by Playground in Vermont parking lot
    Martin. Byhower
    Sent from my iPhone
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  21. Rusty Blackbird in Monterey LINK
    DATE: Oct 28, 2013 @ 2:48pm, 5 year(s) ago
    A bright HY Rusty Blackbird was found yesterday by Cooper Scollan &
    Brandt Bates in the San Carlos Cemetery in downtown Monterey. This
    cemetery is between the west and east arms of El Estero, a lake that
    fronts on Del Monte Ave, the main road along Monterey Bay (e.g., it is
    the road that one uses for Fisherman's Wharf or Wharf #2). There are
    multiple roads and entrances to the cemetery, but all are narrow.
    The Rusty Blackbird was initially found on the lawn near the flagpole in
    the middle of the cemetery, but yesterday afternoon and this morning it
    preferred the lawn in the NE corner. It feeds alone and then flies up
    into a tree, usually a live oak, and may give a squeaky subsong for a
    time, before returning to the law to feed.
    I believe this species is back on the CBRC review list. There has not
    been one in Monterey County since Nov 1993 (Big Sur R. mouth) and Nov
    1991 (Carmel R. mouth).
    Many photos and more information on eBird and/or MBB.
    Don Roberson
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  23. Rusty Blackbird at Monterey LINK
    DATE: Oct 28, 2013 @ 5:39pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Today Brandt Bates & Cooper Scollen found Monterey County's first Rusty Blackbird in 20 years. The bird was first seen in the center of Monterey's San Carlos Cemetery near the flagpole, and later drifted eastward toward the Orthodox section of the Cemetery near the tall wooden fence that separates the cemetery from a municipal maintenance area. The bird foraged in the grass near the headstones then flew to nearby oaks where it vocalized at length.
    A couple photos of the bird can be seen here:
    Take care,
    Blake T. Matheson
    President, Monterey Audubon Society
    Board of Directors, California Audubon
    "Men still live who, in their youth, remember Passenger Pigeons. Trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a decade hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know." Leopold (1949).
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  25. Rusty Blackbird, Carpinteria, SBCO, 2013-02-18 LINK
    DATE: Feb 19, 2013 @ 3:46pm, 6 year(s) ago
    [This one is just for the record and can not be chased.]
    Yesterday Monday morning Maggie Sherriffs and I found this male Rusty Blackbird
    in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County:
    Suggestions about the age of this bird are welcome.
    Unlike your usual SBCO Rusty Blackbird it was not part of a flock of Brewer's
    BBs at a COSTCO parking lot, but instead it was all by itself digging into
    pinecones to feed on seeds or insects.
    This bird is on private property and can not be chased.
    Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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  27. Rusty Blackbird Photo LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2011 @ 7:30pm, 7 year(s) ago
    Hi All,
    I've uploaded a digiscoped photo of the Rusty Blackbird at San
    Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary to the Blackbirds folder on the
    OrangeCountyBirding Yahoo Group website. Here is the direct link:
    Good birding,
    Steve Sosensky,
    SoCA Bird Guides
    Nature Photos
    Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 949-269-2161 33.56485 N, 117.72205 W
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  29. Rusty Blackbird and continuing rarities LINK
    DATE: Nov 26, 2011 @ 6:31pm, 7 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    This morning, 11/26. Bruce Aird found a Rusty Blackbird at San
    Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The bird was originally walking around
    the perimeter of Pond D, and later flew to Pond B at the intersection
    of Ponds A, B, C, and D, which is where it was when I left at 9:45.
    The Harris's Hawk continued this morning at the far end of the boardwalk.
    At Laguna Niguel Regional Park, both the female Scarlet Tanager and
    the Magnolia Warbler continued. At 7:15 AM, both were in the large
    eucalyptus at the south end of the south parking lot.
    Good birding,
    Steve Sosensky,
    SoCA Bird Guides
    Nature Photos
    Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 949-269-2161 33.56485 N, 117.72205 W
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