Good couple of days for birding, first Brown Thrasher of the year showed up at our feeders today, yesterday we saw a Ring Necked Duck, several Greater Scaup and 4 Semipalmated Plover.
Rearranged our feeders as the Grackles were gobbling up the black oil seed and peanuts at a phenomenal rate. Have moved the black oil seed feeders and peanut feeder so that the larger birds cannot access them, although Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and smaller birds will be able to feed from them. Placed a feeder of loose corn in spot where I had the black oil seed.
Two benefits, the Grackles are not chowing down the black oil seed as quickly, it has lasted two days and is still half full, since I moved it. The Grackles now come and have a feed of corn and leave where as before they would sit at the black oil seed feeder or in the tree for extended periods of time and scare the smaller birds off.
A few pictures from the last few days.
Small group of Geese taking off
Kildeer - Would have turned out better had I thought to adjust the camera settings