Midnight and on....
A grower up in the Northwood/Halverstick area is firing 2 triple-shot cannons every 2 min for each cannon.
I fixed the eagle pole for it slipped down 2 sections.
Observed 6 robins, 6 finches, 1 gold finch; 12 starlings, most in or departing mid center of field. North end squawker still not operating.
Berries very ripe. I really wonder if I should just take down all the JacKites...they have been up way too long without substantial change. But we're so close to harvest...it's a dilemma.
I am in the field again...the eagle pole telescoped down again. Must be from being wet. I moved it south about 100'.
Observed 14 robins, 3 finches, 3 starlings. 12 of the robin leaving from the very NW corner, now using adjacent corn field vs the woods now for retreat location...much closer less energy. I shot one shotgun shell, no effect on robins. However when I drove nearby, about 12 left field.
A vulture arising from bait.
I am monitoring.
Observed 7 robins, 4 finches, 0 starlings.
Observed 1 vulture 500' height, due east about 1000' and is circling.
Saw a Coopers hawk SE of the field.
Grower monitoring, fired 2 screamers.
A group of 10-15 vultures came in very fast from west circled woods landed I think on north of woods. I called grower on cell to warn not to fire screamer for fear of driving them away. Grower most immpressed with their appearing and appearance ... Asked how I got them there...informed the use of cow innards which attracted a lone vulture which brought the rest.
Grower also commented, "There so few birds!" I replied, "Well its been a good effort, we've learnd a lot."
I've seen on 3 occasions today 1 or more Rough-legged hawks on telephone pole 1/4 mi due east.
Heard one or two triple-shooter(s) cannons firing very rapidly, almost like a machine gun speed... Then stopped. I believe they are the ones we've been hearing at night from the NE.
REMEMBER: The villain is the Starling. It is not the grower.