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Thread subject: Black bird raid
||04/04/09 10:34 pm
||When we got home today the trees around my house were full of Black Birds and Grackles. They covered the trees and ground in 3-4 acres. 100s upon 100s of them They were here about 4 hours and cleaned house. There isn't a seed left on my property..They cleaned out 4 feeders 2 bid suet blocks and 3 small. They worked their way across my front yard in a line 150' wide and combed across 250' for 30minutes before sun down and left in a massive flock through the woods..
Video with sound 100s and 100s of Black Birds and Grackles clean the yard in Maine 04/04/09 Made from 12-20 second clips 4 minutes long
||04/04/09 10:49 pm
||That's incredible. I can only imagine the sound they made didn't nearly come thru in the video.
I gave you 5 stars.
||04/05/09 06:51 am
||Prob a bunch of brown headed cow birds in there too.
I always check such large flocks for a chance to see any leucistic birds , Ive seen a leucistic grackle only once .
||04/05/09 07:49 am
||Like a scene straight from Hitchcock.... ;-)
||04/05/09 09:17 am
||Thank You Trish.. Yes Shelley it really was! I only had my digital camera and would only take short clips. There is one clip where you don't hear them. The sound of a thousand birds just stopped.. It was silent for about 30 seconds twice. It was eerie to say the least. Then all at once they started again. The sound was indescribable.
Tim I did a lot looking through the flock with binoculars. I didn't spot any cow birds. But I could only see 1/4 of the flock. I did spot only 2 male red wings that had the bright red. Most only had wing bars.The colors of the grackles were amazing through the binoculars when 100 are walking across the lawn in a line
I love living on this hill in the path of migration flights.
I see flocks of geese, robins, cedar wax wings, cow birds, grackles, phoebes, chickadees and black birds, dules of doves, murders of crows, kettles of hawks, murmurations of starlings, parties of blue jays, sords of mallards and charms of finches. I once had a gaggle of geese on my front lawn. and the list goes on..
Take Care Chris..
||04/05/09 12:48 pm
||Yes Shelley, that is what I thought...........THE BIRDS !
Amazing Chris .Love your list of descriptions for groups of the same bird species.