Went looking for the Great-tailed Grackle reported by John Cyrus.  Found the 
flock containing the grackle about a mile and a half west from Cty Rd 151 on 
the Sibley County line (182nd Street.)  Without a little luck we would have 
never seen the bird as the flock is now about 750 birds.  The Great-tailed 
Grackle chose to sit in a tree relatively close to the road and in the open 
so we were able to set up a scope and compare all the features to the Common 
Grackles, Rusty amd Redwing Blackbirds, Starlings, and a few other misc that 
made up the group.

Only now the bird was on the south side of the road, in Sibley County as the 
entire grove was on the south side of the road..  Both counties are first 
county records for this species.  We never saw it fly north of the county 
line.

As it was late in the day this flock seemed to be going to roost in this 
grove of trees.  There were a few other flocks of blackbirds in the general 
area (a 3-4 mile circle.)  Also as we were leaving the area some birds were 
moving north for the night.  To find this bird in the morning it will depend 
on where the farmers ar plowing.  All the flocks of blackbirds seemed to be 
in the most recently plowed fields.


Dennis and Barbara Martin
Shorewood, MN
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From: "John Cyrus" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 2:09 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Carver County Great-tailed Grackle


>A Great-tailed Grackle(male) was with  flock of ~200 Common Grackles in a 
>field on the west side of Cty. Rd. 151 in southern Carver County this 
>morning.    Luckily for me he spent quite a bit of time just posing in one 
>spot giving me good size comparisons.  His bright yellow eyes and 
>iridescent  body really stood out.    The Grackles eventually moved away 
>from the road further into the fields.  Also near that area was a large 
>mixed flock of Ring-billed(didn't count) and Franklin's Gulls(167)(Farmer 
>was tilling the field which is what probably attracted the gulls in the 
>first 

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