[CT Birds] Black Thursday
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.
> 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
> 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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