Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Huge Flock of Brewer's Blackbirds in Red Deer

    During fall migration there can often be some awesome sightings that if you blink you'll miss it. 

    Yesterday was one of those days when there seemed to be a flock of birds in every tree. Brewer's Blackbirds were visiting and they made their presence known by sheer numbers. They seemed to be weighing down every branch and flying in all directions. They were here for about an hour and then they were gone. Usually Grackles and Rusty Blackbirds are with them but I did not have time to check and see if the other species were here.

    These birds usually hang around for a few days and then they leave the area. It's also interesting how wide spread they are in an area. Other birders report large flocks at the same time I see large flocks. 

    So these migrants my just be the first group and the others may soon join them. 

    Have you been seeing large flocks of Blackbirds this fall?