I didn’t think my backyard birding could get any better today, but it did. I had this single “grackle” hanging around. Eventually I realized it was too small for a grackle. I thought, Rusty Blackbird? So I looked it up in Sibley and yes, that’s what I have. It’s a new life list and yard bird for me. I got pictures. Just as I finished the Cooper’s hawk flew in after the birds. I don’t think it caught one. I’d been watching about 8 Pine Siskins who finally found the nyger sock, 4 pairs of Cardinals, House Finches and Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Titmice, 10 Juncos, and Chickadees. I hadn’t seen the Siskins in several days. The chickadees are just coming back in after the Cooper scare. I tried to get a pic of Cooper in the crabapple but he flew. Then a deer went through the back yard. What a day! I hope the Rusty Blackbird returns.
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