Date: 11/2/19 7:33 am
From: meaghan q. sinclair <meaghanq...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Backyard feeding frenzy
We had about 300 in our yard/trees here in Concord several times over the
last two weeks. Pretty spectacular to watch. I have feeders up but they
actually choose to forage in the grass. Hoping I'll see them once more in
the next few days before they move along.

Meaghan Sinclair
Concord, MA

On Sat, Nov 2, 2019 at 9:21 AM Karen Idoine <kidoine...> wrote:

> We, too, have witnessed several large flocks of mixed blackbirds jostling
> loudly among the trees at the edge of the field and beaver pond. I counted
> well over a hundred birds while many more perched unseen in the still leafy
> trees. We have no feeders out, as the bears have yet to den. A big flock
> passed through at the beginning of the week and another the week before.
> They’ll return, ravenous and looking for corn in March!
> Karen Idoine
> Wendell, MA
> > On Oct 31, 2019, at 10:10 AM, <dave.williams6...> wrote:
> >
> > At 9:12 this morning, my wife called to me to come look at all the birds
> in the yard. Over the next 15 minutes a huge flock of Common Grackles, with
> a few Starlings and Red-winged blackbirds mixed in, took over the
> neighborhood. At times the noise this flock generated was amazing!
> > At the flocks peak, I fairly accurately counted 137 Grackles, 11
> Starlings, and 3 Red-winged blackbirds. I have only two feeding stations
> set up right now, and many birds in this flock just attacked these. The
> rest of the birds were spread over the yards and driveways of five of my
> neighbor's. The birds were working theses grassy backyards aggressively,
> flipping over leaves, looking for food. My recently tilled vegetable
> garden also provided fodder for these birds.
> > When a car would go by, there would be a big " whoose" as the majority
> of the birds flew up into adjacent trees. Seconds latter they would
> descend back down onto their feeding grounds. This feeding frenzy lasted
> for just about 15 minutes, when the bulk of the flock took off. As I write
> this, there still remains about 25 birds.
> > Dave Williams
> > Reading, MA
> >
> > Sent from my iPad

*Meaghan Q. Sinclair*

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