The other day I posted about Shon Parks and my visit to the Chinese Well Riparian Area at Avimor and I posted about what I thought it was a Brewer's Blackbird, but the amount of rust color in its wings has been bugging me all weekend. This afternoon I was able to get back out there and I found the blackbird within seconds and I was able to take some terrible photos with my Canon Powershot A590 (not a photographer's dream device). I have strong reason to believe this is a vagrant Rusty Blackbird, probably a male in non-breeding plumage. I'd like some expert opinions.
Here are the photos (you should be able to click and enlarge them):
1. Pale iris
2. Thin Bill
3. Black mask
4. Lighter eyebrow
5. female Brewer's may look this light, but won't have the yellow eye.
6. Rusty shoulders and nape
7. Rusty tertial edges on wings - Nat-Goe field guide says Brewer's never have this
This next poor photo does show the rusty tertial edges if you zoom in. Unfortunately none of my photos captures the great amount of rusty color on the wings.
Here are more photos just for those of you who like detective work:
The habitat is right for Rusty too...trees near bogs, wooded swamps. I did also hear the flight call a couple of times and it was a lower "chuck".