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Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds #8119635
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All running together here lately. They probly always have but I never noticed it before.


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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119637
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The winter blackbird flocks down here are mixed like that though grackles make up the bulk of them.


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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119639
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I have nevah seen a Crackle.... wink

Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119643
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Love hearing the red winged black birds in the spring


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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Sharon] #8119645
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Originally Posted by Sharon
I have nevah seen a Crackle.... wink

They are sooo annoying..


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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119648
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wink grin I bet they are ! Nothing but "snap, crackle and pop !"

Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119657
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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119669
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Yep, Ive seen those. I really like the Boat Tailed Crackles in FLA too .

They have funny posturing to each other.

Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119673
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I believe they are “grackles” maybe there are other names for them. I’m no ornithologist, I do know “bird is the the word”

Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119674
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I just now caught my misspelling! That's a frist!


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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119677
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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119713
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Lots of Brewers Blackbirds moving thru as well, can be difficult to distinguish from Grackles. You are also in the possible range of Great-tailed Grackle as well.

Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119725
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There are some boat-tailed grackles also but they keep to themselves


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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8119732
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The colours reflected in the sun off their black feathers is enjoyable to see.

Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: ZAC] #8120047
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Originally Posted by ZAC
I believe they are “grackles” maybe there are other names for them. I’m no ornithologist, I do know “bird is the the word”

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Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8120067
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Grackles down here congregate around the WalMart parking lots

Redwings are around water most of the time, except when migrating

Brown headed cow birds get shot when I have the opportunity, parasitic nesters. Drop their egg in another birds nest and as soon as they hatch they go to work knocking the other babies out and being raised by the host species

Re: Crackles, Redwing, cowbirds [Re: Gary Benson] #8120079
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Originally Posted by Gary Benson
I just now caught my misspelling! That's a frist!

really your first.

I want to know how do you protect that bird bath from the shotgun pellets ?
I believe the real name is "Target birds"

they do clean up the acorns in the fall when a big flock like that moves in.

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