They showed up briefly. Just one day, but didn’t stay. I waited for them. I am still waiting for them, hoping they will return. The problem is, the breed is in a steep decline and is now considered threatened. 60%… Read More ›
AN OVERLOAD OF PLENTY – OR PLENTY OF OVERLOAD
For a while I have been wondering why I take pictures but can’t find them. Well, it turned out that I had a 64 GB card in the secondary drive of my camera and there were thousands of pictures on… Read More ›
As I work through my folders, I keep finding bunches of pictures I’ve never processed or even sorted. I saved these grackle photographs because they needed a bit more work than usual and then I forgot them. But here they… Read More ›
SKETCHBOOK 77 – GRACKLES
Now that the Grackles have moved on, I miss them. I don’t miss their eating absolutely everything, but they were beautiful and so funny to watch. The second one is my “curious grackle.” He was always looking around for something… Read More ›
SQUARE ODDS – SUNSHINE GRACKLE
The Square Odds – February 2022 Caught in sunlight, the Grackle looks like gold.
SKETCHBOOK 5 – BESIEGED
The pictures I drew don’t show it, but we are under siege by a huge number of grackles and a flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds who showed up a couple of days ago, much to my dismay. The Blue Jays looked… Read More ›
BUSY DAY FOR ME AND GRACKLES: SKETCHBOOK 3
Despite their menacing appearance, grackles are easily startled. If I tap on my window very gently — so lightly even the ever-nervous doves don’t pay attention – the grackles will be in flight while all the other birds will keep… Read More ›
BLACK & WHITE GRACKLES
CBWC: Birds A lot of pictures I take of grackles look black and white until I do a lot of lightening. They are dark and are inevitably against a lighter background, so unless it’s a very tight shot, it looks… Read More ›
GRACKLES AT HOME
I can’t get them to leave, so I might as well enjoy their beauty. This was the second sunny day in a row — a near miracle! — and they were back.
BRING ON THE GRACKLES!
The Grackles have been lingering. I’m worried they they are thinking about roosting here. Today was the first day they brought the ladies here. I’d only seen males before. Today, there were bunches of solid brown birds — the lady… Read More ›
The grackles come and go, but for the past week, mostly, they have come. They never stay all day, but there are so many of them, if each take a nibble, they eat everything in half a day and the… Read More ›
ANOTHER RETURN OF THE GRACKLES
Captions: Garry Armstrong They never entirely left. For a while, there were only a couple of them hanging around. Sometimes, a mob of them would show up and I could see and hear them from anywhere in the house. Once,… Read More ›
HARK THE HERALD TRIBUNE SINGS: GO AND BUY OUTRAGEOUS THINGS!
Fandango’s Provocative Question #149 Fandango’s question this week almost induced a migraine. Yes, we definitely spent more money than usual — especially on food. But a lot of that was Owen because he got a bonus at work and he thought… Read More ›
THE BEST SIDE
Garry says that everyone has a good (for photography) side and a not-so-good side. I think I got the good side of these insane grackles. These birds really are cuckoo wackadoodle. And, with those malevolent yellow eyes which, in some… Read More ›
When we left for the hospital at noon, the deck was body-to-body Grackles. They were pushing each other out of the wooden feeder, had mashed together half a dozen birds in one flat feeder and were covering the railing and… Read More ›
HITCHCOCK MUST HAVE HAD A GRACKLE EXPERIENCE – PHOTOS BY GARRY ARMSTRONG
As hundreds of Grackles circled our house and set up watch posts in the oak trees, I was pretty sure I’d seen this scene before. In a movie. Hmm. Could it be “The Birds”? Garry got some good pictures of… Read More ›
THE GRACKLES ARE BACK
How many Grackles can you fit in a small wooden bird feeder? I would have guessed “none,” but the Grackles had the final word. I believe somehow they managed to fit five into the feeder. They are going to clean… Read More ›