David Cooper - Chief Photographer
EDITOR'S NOTE: We differ to the knowledge of all the birders out there. We now believe they are Grackles!
It starts sometime after 4:30am.
A constant squawking, clucking noise.
"Blackbirds singing in the dead of night" the Paul McCartney song comes to mind‚ but it sure doesn't resemble singing IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT.
Every morning for the last few days constant squawking literally outside our bedroom window. (they sit on the eavestrough above our open window as I later discovered).
Blackbirds, a pair of them looking after a fledgling sitting in our Lilac tree. I even saw one of them catch a bug in mid air then fly over near the lilac and of course squawk for a while before feeding the baby bird.
The parents don't seem to be alarmed at me being in the yard. As you can see they fed the fledge several times as I watched with my 70-200mm lens from at most 10 metres.
Midday seems to be siesta time so the noise is now less constant throttled back to occasional.
I shot most of this with the 70-200mm zoom (my go to midrange lens), with spot focus and auto exposure in RAW mode. I finally gave in at got my 300mm but by then it was sleepy time. the tight shots of just the baby in the shade at made with it.