RE: [cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2022-11-08 Thread Donna Lee Scott
I had a C. Grackle at my feeders here at Kendal yesterday.
I, too, had not seen one for quite a while.

Donna L. Scott
377 Savage Farm Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850


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Good morning!
I've had Cornell's Live FeederWatch Cam<https://youtu.be/N609loYkFJo> (Lab of 
O, Ithaca) running on YouTube this morning (I have a windowless office, so this 
is my attempt at "birding" at work haha)... A Common Grackle was just visiting 
the feeding station! The angle of the light right now is beautiful and the 
iridescent colors were really popping. Just thought I'd share, I haven't 
noticed any in a while.
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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2022-11-08 Thread Alyssa Johnson
Good morning!

I've had Cornell's Live FeederWatch Cam (Lab of O, Ithaca) running on YouTube 
this morning (I have a windowless office, so this is my attempt at "birding" at 
work haha)... A Common Grackle was just visiting the feeding station! The angle 
of the light right now is beautiful and the iridescent colors were really 
popping. Just thought I'd share, I haven't noticed any in a while.
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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle nestlings

2022-05-11 Thread anneb . clark
Not just crows and raptors and owls:  the Common Grackle pair nesting in the 
dead cattails at Hile School rd Wetland has nestlings big enough to show their 
impressive little bills over the edge—visible while just sitting there.  
Guessing  they will fledge in 6-7 da. 

This morning a Virginia rail gave a classic rendition of the descending grunts 
near the s  edge of the road, then proceeded to find a fairly sunny nook in the 
cattails about 3 m from me, and do a leisurely thorough preening. Nothing I 
did—squatting to try to get pictures etc—seemed to perturb it.  Wish we knew if 
it were one of same ones over last few years. 

Anne
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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle, Song Sparrow

2021-03-10 Thread Annette Nadeau
For the last two mornings I've had 15 Red-winged Blackbirds and a Song
Sparrow picking up seeds under my feeders. This morning a Grackle has
joined them.

Yesterday I enjoyed the sights and sounds of hundreds of Canada Geese
heading north, with a few Snows here and there.

Yippee!!

Annette Nadeau
Trumansburg (Schuyler County)

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2020-12-03 Thread Regi Teasley
We had a Grackle just now, 3:50 pm, foraging in our back garden.  
West Hill in the city,
Regi

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle and Fish Crow(?) Observation

2017-06-07 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday, while working in my garden in downtown Ithaca, I noticed out of
the corner of my eye a black bird fly into the Norway Maple.  I assumed it
was a grackle as they are nesting in the tree (and had a fledgling recently
land in the street).  A Fed Ex guy stopped last week to relocate it to the
grass.  Anyway, I then heard a loud scuffle in the tree, looked up, saw a
larger-than-grackle sized bird bolt out with something in its mouth.  My
first thought was, "crow took a chick!"  Then about eight grackles chased
after the crow scolding it up and over the towering Sugar Maple nearby.  I
did not have my binoculars, but the object in the crow's mouth appeared to
be about walnut-size or avocado-pit-size and black.  The object was
predominantly round in and ball-shape, but I could kind of make out a large
head and tiny body with damp feathers as the chase zipped by me in all of
about two seconds before the crow and object were out of my view.

After the excitement, or trauma, depending on your perspective, I guessed
it was a Fish Crow on the grounds that
1.  they have been the dominant crow call I've heard in my neighborhood
this spring
2.  it almost passed for a grackle based on size (so smaller than American
Crow)
3.  I heard a Fish Crow call about thirty minutes later and no American
Crows all day.  Last year, American Crow was the dominant crow call I heard.

I found many things interesting about this observation.
1.  It appears there is a colony in this tree, and this is the first time I
observed a visible count of what appeared to be an entire colony defense
system.  There was silence in the tree as the chase ensued.  Did any stay
behind?  This flying after a crow is different than watching a robin or
sparrow fly into the tree and just get scolded (not chased)...where I could
only hear but not visibly count.
2.  The crow flew in as if it "knew" exactly what it wanted, where to go,
and how it would leave.  The entire theft took about five seconds from
start to flight over maple.  I've heard it calling all spring from within a
block of my house.  So it probably has been "watching" grackles to figure
out where it nestsa bit creepy.  Yes, so intelligent, as we know!!!
3.  I usually hear the Fish Crows dominate about five blocks in another
direction, and have never seen grackles nest in my yard.  So I think this
explains why a bird would want to change nest locations every year.  And
has anyone ever speculated why the Osprey at the inlet at the Newman Golf
Course stopped building its nest?  Great Horned Owl?  Did the GHO nest
again nearby?
4.  I have since noticed one grackle "standing on guard" perched on a phone
wire looking directly at the nesting tree.  I never thought about it
before, but after this incident, I think that is what it may be doing.
5.  I did see a grackle once dash into the nesting tree like a lightening
bolt when a robin entered.  Robin left promptly but lagged for a moment.

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-11-24 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This morning Sara Jane saw a GRACKLE.  I assume a few are still hanging 
around.  Better not wait too long!!


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-03-22 Thread cl...@juno.com
A group of 8 grackles just landed at our feeders this afternoon - Etna Rd. near 
FreevilleColleen Richards

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Late this afternoon a gorgeous, shiny COMMON GRACKLE visited the ground under 
my bird feeders. Location: Pleasant Valley Rd in Groton. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-03-21 Thread Marla Coppolino
Late this afternoon a gorgeous, shiny COMMON GRACKLE visited the ground
under my bird feeders. Location: Pleasant Valley Rd in Groton.

Marla L. Coppolino
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-03-12 Thread Claire Damaske
There were several in my neighbor's tree this morning.  And I had my first four 
Red-winged blackbirds under my feeder yesterday.  I'm on Gravel Rd. in Tyre.

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 Just got a migrant- a Grackle!
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-03-12 Thread Carol Keeler
Just got a migrant- a Grackle!

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[cayugabirds-l] grackle

2011-02-27 Thread B Mcaneny
We just had our first common grackle of the spring on our feeder.  This was 
right after a male Cardinal in a rush of testosterone flew smack into another 
Cardinal on the feeder.  The other Cardinal is solid wood and painted bright 
red.  He did not move from the spot where he sits day and night, summer and 
winter.  He is one awesome dude.

Bill McAneny,  TBurg
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