Ode to the Common Grackle

This bird gets a bad rap, but it shouldn’t. From an article in the Statesman:

Don’t call them trash birds.

Grackles, it turns out, do more than weigh down power lines, steal tortilla chips off your dinner plate and squawk in really loud voices. The gleaming black birds actually play a beneficial role in our society. (Well, besides cleaning up those food crumbs you dropped on the sidewalk.)

Grackles, which are a native species in Texas, eat insects, for one. And that includes those you might not like crawling on you, such as wasps and spiders, and ones that damage crops, including moths, grasshoppers and beetles.

Actually, grackles are omnivorous. They mainly eat bugs in the summer, seeds in the winter — plus the occasional baby mouse, rat, lizard or assorted critter when the opportunity presents itself.

So today I’m posting pics of the grackle. There are a lot of them in Florida, and yes, they can be noisy and also pushy at bird feeders, but they are part of the system and deserve to be here. Plus they’re gorgeous in the sun. I’ve photographed them before, but these are pics of one bird that visited me recently.

Their iridescence is beautiful, isn’t it?

See you next time.

About Fenraven

Fenraven lives in central Florida, which reminds him of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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3 Responses to Ode to the Common Grackle

  1. jeffbaker307 says:

    Thanks! i didn’t know all this! My folks were serious birders and I saw my share of grackles in their backyard!

    • Fenraven says:

      It always surprises me how many people are into birding, either just sighting for a lifetime list, taking pics, or both. I’m mostly into the photography end of it, but when I capture a bird the first time, and the photo is good, I consider it a personal win. I don’t keep a physical list, as such–there’s nothing written down–but I keep a mental one.

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