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I now have photos of the Rusty Blackbird from my teammates from the January 3 Ponce Inlet CBC:  Tom Lee and Randy Hitchcock.  Dotty Robbins
High Springs


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hi all, While participating in the Ponce Inlet CBC on Jan. 3, I identified a Rusty Blackbird in Volusia county.  At least one Rusty was seen on Tyre Ave, just south of its intersection with Pioneer Trail.  There is a small wetlands area along Tyre.  The Rusty was feeding on dried fruits in a small bare tree. I haven't yet received photos from my teammates, but will post if/when I do.  The bird had a pale yellow eye and a bronzy head.  The beak was icterid-like--i.e., similar to Baltimore Oriole.  The tail was shorter than either Common or Boat-tailed Grackle.  Overall, it appeared most like the "fall male" illustration in Nat'l Geo, but the head was overall a lighter bronze color.   One of my teammates saw another bird that he thought could be a 2nd Rusty, but I have not yet seen the photos. Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs 

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