Monday, May 15, 2000

2000 May

  1. Rufous-Sided Towhee today!

  2. Grackles have a method of peanut attack different from other birds. Other birds (Jays, Titmice) find a sturdy branch and chisel the nut open with blows of their beak, using the branch as an anvil. Grackles remain on the ground and, with only occasional foot holding, crunch the shell with their powerful beak, eating the nuts in pieces as they fall from the shell.
  3. Called several people in Animal Control and DEC about the squirrel malady. No answers yet.
  4. It's been raining off and on all morning. I saw a female Red-winged Blackbird flitting about in the maple, keeping to the small branches, and apparently eating something off the leaves (which are now about ½ out). Binocs revealed that she was drinking the raindrops clinging to the leaf margins.

  5. Saw a pair of Brown-Headed Cowbirds.