Last week migrant activity in my yard was intense every morning from 8-9.... mostly robins and more robins feeding on Autumn Olive (I know, I know-- alien species, but the birds do love (and spread) it. Juncos arrived as did White-throated Sparrow... the latter still here in good numbers.
The bird moment of the week was on Sat about 11 am. The cacophony of sounds from the yard tree tops drew me outside.... blackbirds everywhere... I could determine nothing but Co Grackles, but, undoubtedly other species within. A handful remained to take advantage of the sunflowers seeds, but most were gone within 5 min. Shades of Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. (Now who on this list doesn't know the movie about which I speak??!!)
E. Dorset, VT
> Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:01:43 -0400
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> Subject: eBird Report - My yard birds, Oct 4, 2014
> My yard birds, Bennington, US-VT
> Oct 4, 2014 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> 1 species
> Common Grackle 100 Large flock into trees and bushes in yard. Several on lawn and under feeder. Certainly could have been other blackbird species mixed in. ALL on lawn have doark head of males. Lots of 'noise'! Gone within 3-5 min. migrating, not feeding.
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