[CT Birds] Black Thursday
pthompson234 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 16:47:31 EST 2016
I'd appreciate them too! I really enjoy the large icterid flocks especially this time of year. I got my life Rusty Blackbird two Thanksgivings ago!
> On Nov 24, 2016, at 1:24 PM, Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> What do you have against grackles?
> Send them my way if you don't want them.
> 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
>> 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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