Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Common Grackle

The Common Grackle is in the Icteridae Family, along with the Blackbirds and the Orioles. This Grackle is fanning his tail feathers and ruffling up his plumage while giving forth his "song" in hopes of attracting a mate.


Mary said...


I am having quite a few Common Grackles and Starlings, Red-Winged Blackbirds wiping out my feeders. I didn't see them at all over the winter months. I getting slightly annoyed with it because I think they are monopolizing the feeders and suet and keeping my favorites away.

This is just a comment from someone who is learning... I've considered stopping the feeding and filling feeders but then I wouldn't see my favorites...


Jayne said...

They can almost be, dare I say, "pretty" when they are like this. Otherwise, when they invite hundreds of their friends to come by, it's more than annoying!

Sheila said...

I love the way you captured him in this photo.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I so understand the Grackles, Starlings and Blackbirds cleaning out the feeders!!During breeding they will eat insects mostly than back to our feeders. I have a tray station set up on a back patio so the big birds and the squirrels have a place to eat. They are more comfortable at the tray and will leave the the small feeders alone, for the most part. I see the Grackles like peanuts and "woodpecker" food. Thus I put a couple of scoops of that on the tray with the sunflower seed.
I have seen the Mocking Birds chase the Grackles and the Starlings!
The Blue Jays also will give them a chase. Coopers Hawk sends all the birds flying.
I spend as much time outside as I am able and the Common Grackles and the Starlings stay away when I am out.
Last winter I had to make "peace" with the Starlings. I put small feeders out for the small birds. Which means I refill often!
I am learning to see ALL the Icterids as beautiful. It is interesting.
I feed year round too.
I will see if I can come up with a few more ideas on how to keep the Common Grackle and the Starlings at a distance.

Q said...

Hi Jayne,
I thought the Grackles' wing display was pretty. I also think their coloring is pretty. Anytime they come in "flocks" it is annoying! I never mind the flocks of Gold Finches or Waxwings!! I keep working on finding some way of enjoying the Grackles. My husband says the Starlings, "are the most dangerous bird know to man." Maybe because I am shooing them all the time or asking him to do so!

Q said...

Hi Sheila,
I am learning about bird behavior and am taking more photos of the birds doing other activites beside feeding and flying.
I am doing most of my birding now with a camera!