We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our first migratory wave of flocks of Common Grackles and Robins arrived here this week from their winter in the southern US. We have spoken of Turdus Migratorius (Robin) here in the past, but not about the Common Grackle, who has been extending his range from the Mississippi Valley across the US east of the Rockies, and north into Canada.
A flock of these large wetlands-loving (but highly adaptable) blackbirds will empty your bird feeder in a few hours, accompanied by their loud screeching and squawking.
Our friend Sippican sends this photo of a migratory flock in his yard on the Massachusetts coast last September:
They are a real pest here in Texas and once they move into a hospitable area it is almost impossible to get rid of them. They like water and tall trees and have made parts of our downtown area almost uninhabitable by man or other bird. They are shriekingly loud, disease carrying flying rodents, but I have heard that since they are migratory, they are "protected". I have never met an animal less deserving of this protection unless it was the giant flying cockroach-which also seems to love this city.
Good morning everyone,
It's finally spring here in Ontario and the robins and grackles have arrived. After watching for two days, a pair of diligent robins make a nest in a fir tree outside my kitchen window, I witnessed grackles relentlessly chase them away. It is so sad to watch. Does anyone know how I can make my property more attractive to robins and less so to these swarms of grackles?