Data Collection

Collecting data for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is easy!  First, make sure you can accurately identify a Rusty Blackbird and distinguish it from look-alike species.  Check out our Rusty Blackbird Identification page, which provides photos, links, and a Rusty Blackbird Identification Guide that will help you to accurately identify Rusties.  Then, search for Rusty Blackbirds during your state/province’s target dates.  We encourage you to focus on potential Rusty Blackbird habitat.

We offer an optional datasheet that you can use to guide your data collection efforts:

Rusty Blackbird Blitz 2014 datasheet

For more detailed instructions on collecting and reporting data, use our Spring Migration Blitz Optional Protocol.

State and provincial coordinators may be able to provide helpful suggestions about where to search for Rusty Blackbirds.  Contact your local coordinator if you’d like additional search guidance.

Data Submission Instructions

All of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz data will be entered through eBird.  If you are not familiar with eBird data entry, please read this helpful Quick Start Guide.  On the second data entry page, select Other- Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz under “Observation Type”. Note that this option will only be available during the Blitz dates! Please enter your observations any time you searched for Rusty Blackbirds; information about where you did and did not find these birds is critical. Our Spring Migration Blitz Optional Protocol offers step-by-step guidance for data entry.