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  1. I live in Florida but am visiting Sedona, so I don't know the local gentry. I was in the backyard and saw two birds approx 300 yards away and so were silhouetted, therefore I couldn't see detail. They would leave the branch, hover like a hummingbird, even darting laterally, and did so such that I could see that their wingspace was a blur of movement. Then, it made a downward swoop in the shape of a "J" SO fast, like nothing I've ever seen a living creature do. I'm not being hyperbolic. It reminded me of the video of Navy pilots describing UFOs that they say moved like nothing they've ever seen. (For reference, in this same time frame I saw Woodhouse Scrub Jays, Lesser Goldfinches, Cardinals, Cassin's/House Finches, and possibly a Phainopepla.) Thank you
  2. Were you serious about Grackles/Crows doing this or just teasing? (I'm very gullible).
  3. I did what you said and they showed up, fluttered about, and then left. Sadly, the female cardinal also showed up and had nothing to eat (and I understand they're monogamous, so I can't help but think of her as a widow who hasn't been told). Also, I hope that doing this doesn't look like I'm trying to gentrify the bird feeder. I fear that in 30 years, when I'm running for office, these posts will come to light about how I'm trying to keep away the Grackles and Crows. (I better try to attract some Cowbirds and a few Eurasian Jackdaws just to protect my image).
  4. Oh my gosh, you're right! Watch the attached video, that's the video of the crime! The Walking Dead Season 9 Opening Credits Sequence EXCLUSIVE_HD~2.mp4
  5. I had a bird mix for awhile which they all ate, but now there's only black oil sunflower seed.
  6. Actually, as a fan of The Walking Dead, I think I know what I have to do to stop these brain-eating Grackles, but I'm going to need a really tiny crossbow.
  7. That is a very plausible theory. Grackles have been dominating the feeder, to the exclusion of the usual Cardinals, Bluejays, and Mourning Doves. How does one change the population dynamic of a feeder?
  8. So this was sad, and mysterious. We have a Cardinal couple that visit(ed) our feeder regularly. It was so sweet to see him feed her directly. Well, on Sunday I saw a dead, decapitated, male on my front lawn (see funeral below). How? Why? We've got a new mother stray cat with newborn kittens that chose our hedges as a maternity ward, but if it was her, I'd think she would have used the whole bird as food, which would still have been sad, but somewhat less heinous. As we're in Boca Raton, FL, we have iguanas everywhere, but this seems too surgically precise to have been one of them. Any ideas? New Movie 7 May 8, 2020 8.20.04 AM.mp4
  9. Once again, I have seen a new bird(at a state park on re-opening day) probably very common, yet I cannot find it in my books. Thank you for your help.
  10. So in the pictures of Loggerhead Shrikes there seems to be too much gray. This was really a duotone white(or light gray) and black. However, in the video link you attached it looks more like what I saw. It also looks like an Eastern Kingbird from the picture of "similar species" So frustrating. Thank you, I think you may be correct.
  11. In my neighborhood we really only see Northern Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Crows, and the occasional Woodpecker. Saturday morning I heard an unusual bird call and saw, on a roof, a bird that was: the size/shape of a Northern Mockingbird; mostly light gray(white?) with a black crown (ie the beak and everything from the beakline up was black.) So it was colored like a Great Tern (but obviously wasn't) and it wasnt a Black-Capped Chickadee, both because of geography and its small size. It made a warbling sound for which I could see its throat clearly undulating. Help please? Thank though, Simon
  12. Uh oh, a birders fight! Let the hair-pulling and binocular-denting begin!
  13. Afterthought: I thought it was a sort of sparrow, but I didn't find any that made spherical nests and/or that are in South Florida.
  14. I am better at identifying birds by sound than by sight. Why is that? Even when I go through my 1000pg books, I can't find them. Here's the latest. At my place of work in Fort Lauderdale Florida, there is a spherical nest in a tree and this bird (pictured) is always perched by, calling loudly when I get too close. I included a picture of what I believe is the female as well as a picture of the nest. I looked at an unabridged Smithsonian Guide to birds of every bird that makes spherical nests and none matched. Thank you!
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