While appreciating Kent's plea for data gathering and while these
observations do not speak to first arrivals, it was the number of birds that was
impressive. Sightings were at noon while returning to Proctor on the West Proctor
Road today, March 15.
Group #1. European Starling, ~75 birds feeding on a lawn.
Group #2. Red-winged Blackbirds, ~600 birds, in trees, extrapolated from a
Group # 3. Mixed flock of ~45 European Starling and ~25 American Robin
feeding in a meadow.
Group #4. Common Grackle, ~350 birds feeding in a meadow and along the tree
line. Of interest here was their behavior that I have observed with a flock
of American Robins in the early spring before, namely that of energetically
flipping over the leaf litter to probe for what lies beneath.
Group # 5. Common Grackle, ~250 birds across the road among the corn stubble.
There were other smaller groups, such as the 25-30 grackles feeding on sumac
fruit/seeds and a sprinkling of robins on lawns..
Speaking the same language.