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Long-eared Owl, thousands of Rusty Blackbirds

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    Posted: 19 Nov 2017 at 11:45pm
I flushed a Long-eared Owl from one of the pine stands on my property just north of Lambertville, MI today, 11/19.  I was alerted to something by mobbing blue jays and before I knew it, I flushed the bird and it flew right over me and onto my neighbor's property. 

I also had a conservative estimate of 2,500 Rusty Blackbirds (wow).  A flock of about 10,000 blackbirds descended on the flooded area east of my driveway and 25-30% were Rusties.  Amazing.

-GL
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Really good stuff, Greg. That's a fantastic total for Rusty blackbirds. Is the Long-eared owl a new property bird?
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Yes Matt, Long-eared was new (#141).  I feel like there must be more here but I haven't found any yet...same with Saw-whet.  It is absolutely perfect for those here.

Yesterday was a 4 yard bird day - my first since May 14 and likely my last.  The owl, a big group of Tundra Swans (lots of reports from yesterday, they must have really been on the move), Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs. 


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