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Owner Chris Martone

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  • 2
  • 0.3 mi
Comments

55F, clear, 2mph wind. Sunset at 7:45pm.

I was on the railbed at Beaverdam Brook by the beaver deceiver, and Linda was 150 feet away on the near side of railbed island to keep an eye on Rusty Blackbird staging and flights near the island.

A beautiful evening on the railbed with multiple singing Marsh Wrens, dozens of low-flying swallows and a male Common Yellowthroat. Rails in two different locations were making KEE-KEE-BURR calls in addition to grunt calls. Early in the evening we had flights of blackbirds (likely RUBL) heading north from the southern side of the marsh toward the Ford Ave area, something we haven’t observed previously.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 2
  2. Number observed: 4
  3. Number observed: 2
  4. Number observed: 1
  5. Number observed: 4
  6. Number observed: 1
  7. gull sp.

    Number observed: 2
  8. Number observed: 1

    Comments: flyover

  9. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Flying 30 yards apart, both heading southward.

  10. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Female continues to work the marsh west of the Elizabeth Way trees and north of the exec park's parking garage. She was harassed by many Red-winged Blackbirds.

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  11. hawk sp.

    Number observed: 1
  12. Number observed: 1
  13. Number observed: 1
  14. Number observed: 1
  15. Number observed: 1
  16. Number observed: 2
  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 50

    Comments: Estimate - they covered the entire central and western areas of the marsh, it seemed.

  19. Number observed: 5
  20. Number observed: 8
  21. Number observed: 4
  22. Number observed: 1
  23. Number observed: 7
  24. Number observed: 30
  25. Number observed: 36

    Comments: Rusty Blackbirds ("RUBL") converged on the tree stand south of 25 Elizabeth Way (the "E. Way trees" or "E. Way").

    A new behavior tonight: the RUBL flew from the south to the northern end of the marsh, prior to staging to roost. They flew parallel to the railbed.

    At 7:37pm, 36 RUBL flew from Ford Ave. to E. Way.

    We believe the RUBL count is closer to 50. This is based on the peak staging blackbirds at E. Way (likely RUBL). This 50 count is lower than last night. A group of RUBL likely continued migrating north last night.

  26. Number observed: 30
  27. blackbird sp.

    Number observed: 20

    Comments: The peak count of blackbirds (likely RUBL) staging to roost at E. Way was 56 at 7:45pm. Subtracting the 36 RUBL mentioned above nets 20 blackbirds for this category.

  28. Number observed: 3
  29. Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Linda Ireland:
  1. Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 1
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