Fall and spring migrations provide an opportunity to observe birds we rarely get to see. The Rusty Blackbird is one of those birds.
Leaving Canada and Alaska, they treat Wisconsin as a fly-over State as they head southeast.
Related to Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles, Rusty Blackbirds share a similar appearance, but are unique enough for you to search them out at this time of year. These Rusty Blackbirds were sharing a tree with Mourning Doves at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve.
They like ponds and wetlands. If you want to see them you will have to make the effort to be there when they’re passing through and that’s right now.
It could be a worthwhile adventure into a place you’ve never been before and at almost no cost. It only happens twice a year, though, and your fall window is closing.