Grackles, oh my

The huge flocks of blackbirds coming through every morning these days are astounding. When the sun was coming up this morning, thousands were coming over. Large groups are coming to the feeder throughout the day. With the windows open on a sunny day like this one, the chorus is nice to work by. The shiny grackles look very in charge with their saw-like beaks, piercing eyes, and muscular stance. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Now it’s starting to look like spring

The snow is pretty much gone and it’s a beautiful 68 degrees today. I was wearing my gloves when out walking this morning. You know the cliche–wait five minutes and it will change. Grackles are landing in waves, chatting and shoving each other around at the feeder. The juncos are still here, but I imagine they will leave any day. The sparrow below is waiting for a sharp-shinned hawk to stop circling the yard. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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More winter

The yard is buzzing with activity this morning. I think everyone is a little thrown by this storm. I filled the feeder yesterday afternoon and since taking these pictures it is nearly empty.  I am happy that this latest round of snow probably won’t be around for long. I”m sure the birds are too. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Yardbirds

It’s always fun to spend a little time out in the yard watching everyone coming and going. The amount of activity in such a small area is just amazing. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Feeder action

It’s been a busy week at the feeder. Grackles, red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, sparrows, titmice, chickadees, woodpeckers, and more. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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A very good morning

I always enjoy my early morning walks at the wetlands, but Friday was particularly nice as the sunrise was so extraordinary. I love watching the blackbirds and grackles gathering en masse, gradually spreading out across the fields as the sun comes up. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Grackles in Hot Pursuit



After a hot and steamy wait, I was pleased to see Scraggles return to the nest today. Sometimes I miss the fly-in because I’m watching the nest instead of looking in all the directions she might come in from. This time, I was ready. Instead of watching the nest, I watched out over the corn field. Sure enough, she came flying in, grackles in hot pursuit. I’m not sure why they chase her, but almost every time she comes in over the corn field, they’re after her. She was talking a great deal as they dove at her. She flew up to the nest, then back down where I was before going back to the nest. Thank you Scraggles for the fly-by. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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