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August 22, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Kathiesbirds & webdev, my grackles seemed to have moved on as well. I'm seeing only 1-2 at at time. The big gatherings were only here for a week at the most.

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I am not seeing as many anymore, about 5 per day, so that is good. I always enjoy watching fledgling behavior!


I have them here in my yard almost every day. A few weeks ago there were more, but never as many as 40 at one time. They do consume a lot of seed and suet. I have tried my best to deter them by using the cage covered tube type feeders and trying to make access to suet more difficult. I think they have already started to move on as I am not seeing as many anymore, about 5 per day, so that is good. when they arrived in the spring there were hordes however!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Diane, good for you, practicing good ol' zen acceptance of the grackles!
Margaret, interesting about them hitting the beechnut trees.
mm, yeah, lots of young'ens in the group.

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These guys show up sporadically in my yard ... always a group of them. Many teenagers right now. Awnry guys!


They've never shown at the feeders, but occasionally a group blows through in the early fall to gorge on beechnuts. You have to make sure you've got your pith helmet on when that happens!


I agree about the large groups, they can eat a lot of seed and make a mess spreading it around.
It is interesting though to watch them using their beaks like levers to pry open the feed holes on my squirrel and large bird proof feeder. In fact I don't mind them at all when they work for their food and entertain me while doing it!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, even today, my grackles numbers have decreased. So maybe your G3 group will be moving on soon!


I don't mind grackles in small groups. We've had grackles visit our feeders with their young. I always enjoy watching fledgling behavior!

It's only when the large migratory groups show up in September or October that I refer to them as Great Greedy Grackles. :)

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