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Mar 24, 2011

Grackles get a cool reception

Quiscalus quiscula
(BarrytheBirder Photo)
A week of warmer weather and the diasappearance of snow meant the arrival of a flock of Grackles two days ago.   They were joined by a few Starlings and one Red-winged Blackbird.   Today they were all greeted by what is hopefully the last snowstorm of the winter.   The remaining winter birds (redpolls, juncos, finches, sparrows, mourning doves, etc.), whose numbers had dwindled somewhat with the pleasant winter, were left to grumble on the sidelines while the blackbirds took over the feeders.   The only exception were the chickadees who blithely carried on, zipping in and out, as if nothing was amiss.   Life just isn't fair sometimes, but it always goes on and it's always about food first, in nature.   Please comment if you wish.

1 comment:

effie kadoglou said...

i am sure we 'll learn the names of birds know the scientific ones too as i see.this black bird is as big as the one we call in Greece koraka?crow?smaller i think and since he eats crops different from crows.we have a lot to learn.greetings.