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A Rusty Blackbird and a Few Warblers

Published April 30, 2015
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Rusty Blackbird, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo

I didn't have a lot of time today, but I managed a short visit to Forest Lawn right after a business meeting. And I wasn't disappointed I did!

A single Rusty Blackbird was poking around in the grassy area near Mirror Lake. There were a few Common Grackles nearby so this made for a nice comparison study. I particularly noted the smaller, pointy bill of the Rusty as compared to the heavier bills of the grackles.

Closer to the water, a couple of warblers were darting about. There were several Yellow-rumped and one Palm. I did a brief visit to the ridge and found a lovely Blue-headed Vireo, my first of the year! They sure are gorgeous!
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Rusty Blackbird
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Rusty Blackbird
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Yellow-rumped Warbler
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Palm Warbler
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Blue-headed Vireo