Common Grackles by the Hundreds descend on the backyard to rest briefly in the trees - resulting in a deafening cacophony that may not be pleasing to the ear, but is surely exciting. They depart as rapidly as they arrived - leaving silence and a few upset Blue Jays wondering what just happened. Grackles are year-round residents, but they form into huge flocks in the winter and move as a group looking for food.
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