Rusty Blackbirds are uncommon and nest in spruce trees near bogs within boreal forests. The migrant that we saw today was travelling with a mixed flock of Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles.
Species list (for 8 am and 11:30): red-necked grebe, great blue heron, great egret, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, wood duck, American wigeon, ring-billed gull, herring gull, mourning dove, belted kingfisher, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, gray catbird, American robin, European starling, yellow-rumped warbler, northern parula, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, rusty blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (30 species)
In all of my years of birdwatching, this was the first time I ever ever seen a Red-winged Blackbird take food directly from a hand:
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
So the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of Eternity. – Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney (1823–1908)