Checklist S49936640

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Location
VA DCA 33 take off and apron

Owner bound 4 billings

Stationary
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Comments

view from aboard aircraft awaiting takeoff

Observations

  1. Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 30

    Comments: mixed flock of rusty blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, and European starlings feeding in wet grasses at verge of apron and runway

  3. Number observed: 30

    Comments: mixed flock of rusty blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, and European starlings feeding in wet grasses at verge of apron and runway

  4. Number observed: 30

    Comments: mixed flock of rusty blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, and European starlings feeding in wet grasses at verge of apron and runway. nice comparisons for several minutes watching blackbirds and starlings lift up and settle back to feed again. flock only 15 - 20 meters from aircraft. rusties distinctly longer tails, mostly summer black rather than winter rusty plumage color, different proportions from cowbirds with longer tails especially notable, and ever so differently proportioned from starlings (bill slightly down curved rather than straight) . counts estimated, but species each about 1/3 of total flock