February was full of Grackles.

Hundreds perched on bare tree limbs like raucous leaves.

Others scattered seeds of backyard feeders or splashed in Little Crum Creek.

Suddenly for a spell, few of winter’s usual birds were seen or heard amid the mobbing throng & din.

But a few, notorious for aggressively flocking with their respective species, found themselves almost indistinguishably at home when mingling with the Grackles.

More about them on Wednesday & Thursday.

For now, you might spot a Red-winged Blackbird bathing in the stream, flashing its orange & scarlet epaulettes in flight (at about 0:30).