Jo Ann, 

Today I had all the same visitors you did: a Brown-headed Cowbird, a few Grackles and a couple male Redwing Blackbirds.  We also had a Song Sparrow for the first time in our yard. 

Dwight Cruikshank
Columbia, MO


On Mar 11, 2015, at 4:16 PM, Jo Ann Eldridge <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I first noticed grackles last week. But have had female and male redwings, lots of starlings, house sparrows, and saw a cowbird one day last week. If it wasn’t for the 10 or 12 cardinals, couple white-breasted nuthatches, house finch, few gold finch, couple tufted titmice and chickadees, flickers and downys, blue jays and robins, I would just quit feeding. I don’t mind a few blackbirds, but when a hoard shows up, it gets discouraging.
 
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Subject: Re: Grackles
 
Interesting. I noticed about a dozen Common Grackles for the first time in yard as well; they were mixed in with Starlings.  I also have heard reports from others.   Here’s a picture:
 
 
Columbia, MO
 
 

On Mar 11, 2015, at 1:30 PM, Mariel Stephenson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
 
Grackles - first day I've seen them on the ground at my seed.  I've had seven hen Turkeys outside the kitchen at least twice a day for several weeks so the seed is there for them and remnant Juncos and Whitethroated  Sparrows but the Grackles were a surprise.  I hope they don't bring the rest of the hoard - perhaps they'll be survivalists and keep it a secret for themselves!
Happy yard birding to all - Mariel
 
Mariel Stephenson
Columbia MO
 
 

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