We've had a few Red-Winged Blackbirds all season, but today, there is a
mixed flock of about 30 at our backyard feeders on Gravel Rd in Tyre.

Claire Damaske

On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 4:52 PM Nigel Dyson-Hudson <caven...@gmail.com>

> Dave, I reported to eBird on Sun 12/31 a Red-Winged Blackbird male at
> ~10:45 am hanging around our bird feed. I also attached a photo to the
> report. I haven't seen him since but he might have come when I wasn't
> looking. Now if he had only waited until 1 Jan. We used to see RWB males
> coming to our bird feeders about the 3rd week of March, now it seems that
> they come back the 1st week of March. Now I wonder when the West Danby
> Herrons will show up.
> Nigel, we are about 1 mile north of West Danby off NY Rt 34/96. Test Rd
> off Rt
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=96.+Test+Rd+off+Rt&entry=gmail&source=g> 13,
> just south of Ithaca, the landmark is the self storage place, the pump
> house with the red light on top, on the West side of Rt 13.
> On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 10:22 AM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:
>> Yesterday morning (3 Jan) I was driving an empty taxi through the Town of
>> Newfield on Elmira Road (NYS-13). South of Test Road is a marsh along the
>> headwaters of the West Branch of Cayuga Inlet. The marsh is currently
>> frozen, of course. Near there I saw 2 black birds fly east across the road
>> toward some tall trees in a yard on the hillside. Their tails were too long
>> for Starlings. I pulled over and, scanning with binoculars, found several
>> birds in the treetops. With a hand-held scope through my partially open
>> window I saw 2 male and 1 female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. The temperature was
>> 8°F, and I was not expecting my first 2018 sighting of this species to be
>> there. I bet the fence at that house hid some popular feeders.
>> - - Dave Nutter
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