Many Grackles & Red-tailed Hawks at Lambton Woods / October 11, 2019

It was a scene reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” today on this 15 degree, sunny morning. When I first arrived, there were at least 100 grackles feeding on the ground, perching in the trees or bathing in the stream.

Common Grackles
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle

In addition, a group of about 6 Red-tailed Hawks flew over several times and we frequently heard their “keeer-r-r” calls from overhead.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Species list: double-crested cormorant, great egret, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, common merganser, red-tailed hawk, herring gull, belted kingfisher, blue jay, American crow, common raven, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal.  (21 species)

Double-crested Cormorant
American Black Duck (male)
Common Merganser (female)
Mallard (male)
Great Egret
Northern Cardinal (female)

Some botany:

Miscanthus (Miscanthus sacchariflorus)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)

Park scenes:

This morning’s group:

NATURE POETRY

O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane.  – Mortimer Collins (1827–76)

Miles Hearn

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