Two of 36 forest restoration sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley surveyed from 2000-2002 harbored Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle). Occupied sites were in less-forested landscapes and had sparser understory vegetation due to flooding. Probability of daily nest survival (0.9077) of 169 Common Grackle nests was influenced by nest-placement, temporal, and landscape effects. Age of nest markedly affected nest survival, which increased from <0.89 during egg laying (age < 6 days) to >0.92 when nestlings were present (age > 18 days). Extrapolating daily nest survival to a 31 -day nest period resulted in 5% nest success, far less then previously estimated for this species in more northern latitudes and likely less than required to sustain populations on these sites.
|Title||Common Grackle breeding on bottomland forest restoration sites|
|Authors||Daniel J. Twedt|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Southeastern Naturalist|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Patuxent Wildlife Research Center|