Passerines -

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

March 22, 2014: Today, there is an entry in my wildlife journal, documenting the Spring-migration-arrival of masses of Common Grackles, Red-Winged Blackbirds and Starlings. Right after I made the entry they came to my feeders. Here is one of the first few. It happened right at the start of a short, Spring snow fall of huge flakes.

They are consuming as much energy as they can as they make their way northward to breeding grounds. On either side of this bird is a cage packed with suet and a feeder with hulled sunflower seed. I see these birds just once this Spring; they are moving northward.