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Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The Vanishing Rusty Blackbird

Courtey Jim Macaluso

We have seen some great success stories in the birding world in recent years. The Bald Eagle has made a triumphant recovery from the edge of extinction. The Peregrine Falcon, once gone from the Eastern United States, has now returned. The Osprey has become almost common place where it once had disappeared.

Yet today there are many birds much less known that are in serious decline. One of those special birds has become close to my heart: The Rusty Blackbird.

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Mill Creek Marsh Collages

Clockwise from Top Left: Green-winged Teal; Downy Woodpecker; Mallards; Song Sparrow

Staring your day with photos of several species taken by Dave McClure at Mill Creek Marsh on Monday. Thanks Dave!

Clockwise from Top Right: Yellow-rumped Warbler; Mockingbird; Red-tailed Hawk

Top left: House Finch
Top right: Green-winged Teal