Month of March through mid-April
The Delaware Nature Society is organizing birders to help with the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. This is an international effort to document spring migration stopover sites for this species to gain a better understanding of this little-known aspect of their lives. This effort will assist with the conservation of this declining species. For Delaware, the Blitz is during the whole month of March, and the first half of April.
Join our free field trip
Join our field trip to look for this species and document migration stopover sites.
Thursday, March 24, 8:30am to 2:30pm.
To register: register online or call (302) 239-2334 ext. 134.
To help with the Rusty Blackbird Blitz March - mid-April:
- If you are birding, keep an eye and ear out for Rusty Blackbirds anywhere you go that has appropriate habitat. Report your sightings to www.eBird.org. Use the “Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” Observation Type when reporting to eBird. If you don’t use eBird, report your sighting location, date, and number found to me.
- Specifically go out and seek Rusty Blackbirds. Look for them in wooded wetlands and swamps, lawns and agricultural fields that have big puddles, or even marsh edges. Report all findings to eBird as above. Locations to check where Rusty Blackbirds have been found in previous years include in March and April include:
- Alapocas Run State Park
- Ashland Nature Center
- Banning Park
- Bellvue State Park
- Bombay Hook NWR
- Brandywine Creek State Park
- Cape Henlopen State Park
- Dragon Run Marsh
- Killen’s Pond State Park
- Lum’s Pond State Park
- Middle Run Natural Area
- Milford Millponds Nature Preserve
- Pete Gum Preserve
- Peterson Wildlife Refuge
- Phillips Park, Newark
- Prime Hook NWR
- Thousand Acre Marsh
- University of Delaware Farm
- White Clay Creek State Park
- Woodland Park, New Castle
- If you are willing to check any of these sites in March and the first half of April, that would be great. Feel free to let Joe Sebastiani, Delaware Rusty Blackbird Blitz Coordinator, know your plan. Email Joe at
- For more information about Rusty Blackbirds and the Blitz, view our Rusty Blackbird Fact Sheet and our Rusty Blackbird Spring Blitz