Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
Status in the Checklist Area - Rare/Accidental

Declining across much of its range. Similar in structure to Brewer's Blackbirds and are often found in their company mostly during the winter months. Local breeder in swampy habitats throughout most of Canada save for the Pacific Coast. Migrates mainly east of the Rockies to wintering grounds in the southeast States. Encountered almost annually in the checklist area during the winter but usually only of single birds among mixed blackbird flocks.

Similar species:
Rusty colouring, especially on females, distinct in nonbreeding plumage when compared to the closely related Brewer's Blackbird. Rusty edged wing feathers a good field mark for a non-breeding Rusty Blackbird. Rusty and Brewer's Blackbirds are tougher to separate later in the winter and early spring when they start to return to breeding plumage.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)

Noteworthy Data
21-Oct-2012 Island 22 Regional Park, Chilliwack C. McDonald Male and female found in the afternoon in the same area as the October 4, 2007 records. Seen often near the company of American Robins, once observed feeding on hawthorn berries with a small flock. (G. Gadsden 2012a) Last recorded on October 26, 2012. (G. Gadsden 2012b)
02-Jan-2010 Hargitt Road, Abbotsford I. Povalyaev Female in mixed starling and blackbird flock on the Abbotsford/Mission Christmas Bird Count.
07-Mar-2008 Thacker Marsh, Hope T. Manson Female spotted in the marsh in the morning. Not found in the afternoon or the following day. First spring record.
19-Nov-2007 Wellsline and McDerrmot Roads, Sumas Prairie E. Klassen A single bird in a mixed flock of starlings and other blackbirds.
04-Oct-2007 Island 22 Regional Park, Chilliwack G. Gadsden One male and two females seen on Oct 4, 2007. Male and female then seen almost daily until Oct 20, 2007.
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