[CT Birds] Black Thursday

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 13:24:41 EST 2016


What do you have against grackles?

Send them my way if you don't want them. 

Mark

Mark Szantyr

> On Nov 24, 2016, at 11:20 AM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> 
> When I got up this morning I looked out the window to see that  my yard had 
> turned black. With blackbirds, hundreds of them, All Grackles and  Cowbirds 
> as far as I could tell. I'm guessing around 500. 
> Actually I've had a flock of about 50 Cowbirds around here for  a week, and 
> yesterday, about 75 to 100 Grackles joined them. But it was nothing  like 
> this morning. Luckily though, because of that, I had covered my main  
> platform feeder, which I'd just filled with 2 gallons of seed, with a sheet  of 
> cardboard to try and discourage them. Today's mob would have emptied it in 10  
> minutes. 
> However I also spread millet around the yard for the sparrows  and other 
> ground feeders, and I think they got every grain of that. I went out  and 
> chased them 3 times, and I haven't seen them since, so I'm hoping they got  the 
> message and decided it was time to migrate. 
> I'll keep the feeder covered until tomorrow and if I don't see  them I'll 
> open it up then and put out more millet. Till then, off to  thanksgiving 
> dinner and apologies to my local flock.
> 
> Don Morgan
> Coventry,  Ct
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