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Had a good "feather day" ;)
« on: July 26, 2010, 11:35:17 PM »
The Grackles were back today after a 3-4 day absense.  I think it was too hot for them.  Today was a nice day with low humidity.  They like the cool weather so they came in numbers.  I started shooting them at 7:30am and by 8:30 I had killed 3.  They would come back for more cat food every 20min. after I 'd shoot one.  So these 3 were shot near the bait.  They will not return if there is a dead one out there or near the food bowl, so I had to go remove the one I had shot in order for them to come back.   

Then in the afternoon I got 3 more up in the trees.  They just wouldn't fly down to taste my gourmet cat food :)  They were too scared and were waiting for one of them to make the 1st move.  So I got down low in the room and used a coffee table to shoot through the 3" opening in the blinds.  They were all about 25-26yds out and could not see me inside the dark room, 10-11ft from the window.  One of them hopped away wounded with 1 of its wings hanging down but I don't think it got too far.  I think it died in some Poison Ivy which I have plenty of beyond my lawn and around the trees.  I hate not recovering or wounding a critter, but this nasty vermin I don't mind.  This was the 1st time in 2yrs a bird did not die right away with the 850.  I am pretty sure it's because I had adjusted the scope's windage a few clicks for the JSB 14.3 Express, and I was back to shooting CPHP's.  A 2nd one fell in a sea of Poison Ivy on the hill and I could see its tail going down slowly as it was expiring, but I didn't bother with it.  I start itching just by going near that suff.  I knew it'd be possum or skunk dinner tonight.  So there is only 4 of them depicted here. 

I could have gotten more in the afternoon but I was too busy with work.  I could hear the ding donger going off but I was on the phone most of the time and couldn't do anything.  I thought about saying "excuse me, I 'll be back in a minute", hehehe, but I figured tomorrow is another day.  Besides, this flock's #'s have gone down from about 30-35 to around 10 in just over a week.  I have to slow down so they can last me until the Fall  8)

BTW, I found a old G-hog hole that looks inhabited.  All the branches I had put in front of it had been pushed aside and the entrance looks "brushed up" and clean.  Probably a possum or skunk me thinks, but I am always hopeful it's another G-hog. 

BTW, can you find the single Poison Ivy plant in the pic with the burrow entrance?  ;)





Poison Ivy often disguises itself and take the shape of a plant's leaves around it.  Can you find it? 

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Re: Had a good "feather day" ;)
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 11:41:27 PM »
Great day Harry! hope you can get that Ghog too for a fix  ;) 
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Re: Had a good "feather day" ;)
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 02:42:10 AM »
Nice shooting Harry

Only 1 posion ivy? I see 4.. Oh wait you're talking plant, i was talking leaves

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Re: Had a good "feather day" ;)
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 10:13:33 AM »
Good feather shootin buddy..... nice pics as well.  Glad to see  you're still getting in some shooting.  As for the G-hog... I still think you're gonna see a few more of those critters by the end of the summer....

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Re: Had a good "feather day" ;)
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2010, 09:48:18 AM »
Thanks guys.  I got a couple of more Grackles yesterday.  I will probably wait until I get a few more before posting.  They are persistent and the seem to come out of nowhere.  I thought I had their #'s greatly reduced after taking about 25 of them the last couple of weeks, but yesterday there were about 15 of them attacking the cat food.  They actually behave differently than the Starlings when feeding.  The Starlings ALL eat at once and can empty out the food bowl in a matter of a couple of minutes.  The Grackles give in to 1 or 2 more dominant or bigger male Grackles, so they only feed 1 or 2 at at time, while 10-20 more wait just a few inches away or in the perimeter for an opportunity to jump in and steal a piece.  The female Grackles only get a chance to eat (and die, hehe) after the flock leaves and there are no males around.  They arrive by themselves, a single bird or 2 females and approach very slowly and carefully after the walk around it a couple of times.  They have adapted where they will grab 1 piece of cat food and then take off very fast because they know what's coming.

What is also interesting is that the Starlings have usually only 1 bird looking out.  It will be turned away from the food and looking out.  The Grackles seem to use 3/4 of the flock to look out for danger while only 1-2 birds eat at a time.  This makes it more challenging for me but it's ok.  I don't like "easy", hehe  ;)
« Last Edit: July 29, 2010, 09:52:01 AM by only1harry »
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Re: Had a good "feather day" ;)
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2010, 10:54:28 AM »
Great Shooting.  I too am hoping for some cooler weather to bring the Gracks back LOL
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