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100 species #7: Common grackle

dandelion


Common grackle Quiscalus quiscula with a fat worm (probably a beetle grub) plucked from my yard. This grackle was traveling around with the starlings in the previous post. Mixed flocks of "blackbirds" include related species like grackles, red-winged blackbirds, and brown-headed cowbirds and also unrelated but similar birds like European starlings. Grackles are some of the first migratory birds to appear in the Boston area in late winter.

The common grackle appeared previously in this blog as 365 Urban Species #80.

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dinahprincedaly
Mar. 16th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
sort of a non-sequitor
hmmmm.... speaking of grubs... do you know of any nontoxic cures for a field of moles?
urbpan
Mar. 17th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: sort of a non-sequitor
They make spring traps that you put in the burrows. The mole comes along and hits the trigger and the spring shoots a spike into the mole, killing it. I don't know how effective they are, or how dangerous they are to non-target animals, like say a large doodle dog galloping through the field.
dinahprincedaly
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: sort of a non-sequitor
i will so check those out they sound nice and barbaric and something to do before summer training starts with little flags to mark where they are... thanks

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