Calling All Birders!
The Spring Migration Blitz challenges birders to seek and record Rusty Blackbirds during their spring migration northward. How can you help? It’s easy! Search for this elusive species anywhere you want, and report your sightings to eBird using the “Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” protocol. Although we encourage birders to search for and report Rusties any time between 1 March and 15 June, our suggested time frame for each state and province provides a guide for when you might expect Rusties to pass through your region.
What kind of data are we looking for? Anything and everything! At a minimum, we need to know where you saw Rusties and how many you observed. But any extra data you can provide helps- take photos, capture videos, and record vocalizations if you can, or note information about what your observed Rusties are doing or what habitat they’re using. Also, we’re just as interested in when and where you don’t find Rusties, so don’t forget to report all of your birding effort, regardless of whether you detected the target species or not. For more data collection guidance, check out our Rusty Blackbird Blitz Datasheet or our Spring Migration Blitz Optional Protocol.
Want to learn more about the effort in your state or region? Have questions about where to look? Want to help publicize this event? Contact your state/province coordinator or the overall Migration Blitz Coordinator, Judith Scarl.