[CT Birds] Rusty Blackbird Blitz Reminder
james.restivo at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 11:08:52 EST 2014
We're a little over a month away from the start of the Rusty Blackbird
Blitz! As a reminder, the Blitz period for Connecticut is from mid-March
through the end of April.
Here are some important things to think about in the lead up to the Blitz:
**How do I know if I've seen a Rusty Blackbird?**
In addition to hard-copy field guides, there are several resources online
to help you distinguish Rusties from the more ubiquitous Red-wings and
Grackles. You can familiarize yourself with the look, call, and song of the
Rusty Blackbird with the following links:
And of course, the Rusty Blackbird Working Group website:
**How do I report a Rusty Blackbird sighting?**
All of the sightings will be collected through eBird. If you're not
familiar with the eBird data submission process, you can review the
We've provided a helpful datasheet for you to track your Rusty Blackbird
sightings (or lack thereof), along with some information on habitat usage
Also, please don't hesitate to reach out to me for any questions on data
**How do I connect with the group on Facebook??**
I know, this is probably the most important question you have. Here is a
link to the Facebook page so you can stay up-to-date with the latest
information on the Blitz.
There will be additional documents coming out over the next few weeks (e.g.
a detailed identification document, habitat and behavior information, etc).
Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm!
Medford, MA (formerly Mystic, CT)
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