We have had for about a week between 800 to 1000 Grackles on, our
property. This morning they practically covered wing-tip-to-wing-tip
half of our 1-acre lawn. Constantly moving, one section settling down
while another section flying just a tad away; the whole flock moving in
this manner, some of them going into the trees, but just as suddenly
coming back down to the ground. For what ever reason they did NOT go to
the feeders. Strange. Interesting that they spend a great deal of time
either down by the creek or in the woods moving about. They are not
roosting here, since we donít hear or see them at dusk, but they are
back in the morning.
On another observation, and I donít know whether others are seeing this,
but here in our area there has been a dearth of both bird and rodent
species this year. Normally we have sparrows by now Ė not a sparrow to
be seen. Our Chipmunk and Red Squirrel populations are also down.
Normally we would be having Red Squirrels, between 2-3 feeding under the
feeders. Not a squirrel to be seen. We have maybe two individual
Chipmunks that I have observed, but no more than 3. Also, the visits by
early migrants and birds just moving around is either non existent or
down compared to the past 5 years.
We have 11 Cavity boxes, mostly for Tree Swallows. In the past 5 years
we have had Tree Swallows nesting in at least 2 boxes. The cavity boxes
were investigated by Tree Swallows in the Spring, but not one box was
occupied by Tree Swallows this year. Instead, Chickadees took over
several boxes and were very successful.
On our shore by Arrowhead Lake, every year we have observed Spotted
Sandpipers working the Dry-Ki. Not one this year.
However, we have many Goldfinches, Chickadees, a few Blue Jays (not as
many as a month ago) and a White-breasted Nuthatch. Havenít seen a
Titmouse or Red-breasted Nuthatch for over two weeks, but we still have
Are there any opinions out there as to what might be the cause? Disease?
Poor nesting results? They are all foraging elsewhere? Or just the time