When many backyard birders think about blackbirds, they generally hope that they don’t have any show up at their feeders to eat all of their seed, but there are blackbirds that many birders are excited to see. Rusty Blackbird is one of those species, and today marks the start of the 2015 Rusty Blackbird Blitz in the United States and Canada.
This species population has dropped 85-95% since the mid-1900s (according to the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group), and the annual Rusty Blackbird Blitz helps to continue tracking their population levels. You can learn more about the conservation issues facing the Rusty Blackbird on the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group website.
You can find out the dates for your state or province’s Rusty Blackbird Blitz here and submit your sightings on eBird! In order to make sure you submit the best data possible, be sure to read this guide to identifying Rusty Blackbirds.