The Birds

26 Mar

For the last week we have felt like we stepped into a scene from Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. The trees surrounding the backyard have been covered with blackbirds. The six large trees start with the tree just  behind the house and are flanked by others on both sides. A row of smaller (20 foot) trees line the sides to the back of the lot where there are three more. They are mostly bois d’ arc trees so they have branches going every direction and are rather slow to leaf out. The mass of 25 – 50 birds per tree has made up for the lack of foliage. I have not been able to identify the bird species – they fly off when we come close and I’m too lazy to locate binoculars. The mass of birds all flying together creates a cloud. They circle and then return as we head back towards the house.

Through the winter we had enjoyed seeing and hearing the cardinals, blue jays and chickadees. With the blackbird invasion, they seem to have moved to the trees in the front yard.  They could also be hiding in the cloud of black and their songs drowned by the caws of the blackbirds. We have still seen an occasional robin but even the grass has been “reserved” by the blackbirds. I am not certain what has made our yard and our trees so popular. The blackbirds will certainly move on soon but I am not sure we will miss them. Although they have been an impressive sight, the movie still scares me.


2 Responses to “The Birds”

  1. gramajan March 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM #

    The blackbirds sound to me like starlings. We get them here, too. They’re a bit of a nuisance–used to nest in the walls of the pole barn and sometimes in our attic until we managed to seal their entrances. There are some pictures here.

  2. compterteach March 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM #

    Starlings are always a good option but in this case I think they are a mixture of common and great-tailled grackles. They are significantly larger than starlings. My bird books all comment on their large flocks.

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