The Daily Bird #1


Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula).

© C. Ford. All rights reserved. I have so many bird photos, once a week just isn’t working, so it’s going to be the daily bird, at least for a while. Photo is 1500 x 996, click for full size.


  1. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin claims that is obviously a rat inside a handrat puppet: You can tell by the general shape (a rat fits neatly inside, snout first), the fake “eye”, and the whiskers sticking out above and slightly to the right of that “eye”. The clincher is the suspicious absence of a tail, she claims. Then falls over (grog remaining upright, of course), giggling…

  2. says

    No, that is not a rat puppet. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. And the rats aren’t allowed to give interviews.

  3. says

    Anyroad, I know this particular grackle rather well. I recognize him from the odd brown bits in his eyes. He’s been showing up at my place for over 4 years now.

  4. coragyps says

    Grrrr. Your grackles might differ, but the 47 million of them that pretty much overwinter at the mall in Abilene, Texas make me think I’m in a Hitchcock movie.

    I suppose, though, that at least they ornament the cars for free.

  5. says

    Coragyps, yes, I’ve seen video. And one time here in ND, there was a storm of grackles taking shelter in a tree on our property, and there were bloody hundreds of them!

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