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The Grackle is considered a garden pest. However, it has a great name, wonderful coloring and wild eyes. Grackles act a bit of the clown when they get a chance and always have a quizzical look and determined movement. Not as hard to shoot as some birds the same size, both in terms of tolerance of humans and easily captured detail.


12 responses

  1. Lovely shots with the eye so clear and the sheen on the feathers. I’ve had grackles in my garden. I had no idea they were considered a pest.


    July 22, 2015 at 5:58 am

    • Thanks. My friend tells me they are noisy, scare other bird and destroy some plants. But who knows maybe yours are on their best behaviour😀

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      July 22, 2015 at 6:01 am

      • Interesting. They’ve only visited fleetingly. I will have to observe their behavior when next they visit.

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        July 22, 2015 at 6:06 am

  2. Nelson

    I confirm they are a pest and most of the time, at least here, it’s not rare to see those in flock of 20-50 birds


    July 22, 2015 at 8:54 am

    • In the conservation area where we shoot, we can hear more but usually only see no more than two at a time.


      July 22, 2015 at 9:22 am

  3. I agree, a great name and fun, sparkly color. Noisy though, but boy do they have moxie. Wonderful captures and I love their yellow eyes. The eyes mean business!


    July 22, 2015 at 9:01 am

  4. I think they are beautiful!


    July 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

  5. So funny to come across this on the reader. I have just been shouting at one to ‘shut up’. It was high in palm tree and I was distracted from a good book! I guess they quite ugly walkers and the way they breath with their mouths wide open- but maybe that’s just the Arizona ones in 105° 🙂

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    July 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  6. They are not a pest to me. I like seeing them in my yard. They interact a lot with robins and red-winged blackbirds in my region.


    September 6, 2015 at 9:03 am

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