Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Cackle, cackle, hacked the grackle
All I have to show for my latest sweaty photo-forage onto the backyard deck is this Common Grackle. At least it captured the beautiful iridescent colors of the bird's head and neck. This is about all the nice one can make about grackles. They are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders, eating insects, frogs, small eggs, grain (farmers particularly hate them) and even small sparrows they kill at bird feeders. If they spot a robin wresting a worm from the ground, they'll swoop over and snatch away the prize. Their calls are scratchy, unmusical and annoying. I used to work with people like them.