As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 24 March 2014

Birders seek cause of Rusty Blackbirds' decline


The Advocate March 22, 2014 

BATON ROUGE -- Rusty blackbirds do not have flashy plumage and their songs can be likened to the sound of a VHS tape rewinding or a squeaky door, but they are the focus of birders from Canada to Louisiana as researchers try to find out why their populations have declined dramatically.

The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is going on in Louisiana through March and is part of a larger effort to enlist birders along the rusty blackbirds' migration route to track what habitats the birds are using and where those are, and even as important, where the birds are not found this spring.

Volunteers are still needed in Louisiana.

Although the population decline of rusty blackbirds is thought to have been going on for decades, it was brought to the attention of ornithologists and birders after a 1999 report. Russ Greenberg was one of the authors of the report.

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