1. Ice Swimmer says

    Beautiful! There’s much to be said about being not just blue collar but iridescent blue collar.

  2. Raucous Indignation says

    Their name does not befit them. They need something more lofty and glorious.

  3. says

    Oh, the name suits, especially when they are being raucously noisy; and they are endearingly clumsy as well as beautiful. I never tire of watching them. Their Latin name is lovely though: Quiscalus quiscula.

  4. Nightjar says

    Oh, so gorgeous! Shiny blue, shiny purple, shiny black! I have never seen them in person but the name Grackle kind of gives some hints on how they behave/sound like. :)

    Quiscalus quiscula

    That’s just adorable.

  5. voyager says

    I have a family of grackles this year and they have me well trained. If the feeder is empty they sit on my fence and squawk until I get out there and fill it up.

  6. says


    Hee, mine have me very well trained too! I’ve found that Grackles are excessively fond of baked goods, muffins in particular. They get up to all manner of antics when there are muffin bits at stake. Mine are always heavy on the puff ‘n’ whistle, I could watch that all day.

  7. StevoR says

    Is the Grackle name onomatopoeic -- derived from their call -and does it sound like across between a cackle and a growl? Or is it only squawks like #12 voyager notes?

    Great photo thanks. :-)

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