She lands first. Then he, about a foot away.
He looks at her sideways and puffs himself up. She looks at him sideways and hops away.
He hops to her again and raises his beak to the sky while glancing at her sideways. She raises her beak too and also glances at him sideways.
They repeat the throat display with lots of sideways glances. Once. Twice. Then she hops away again.
He hop follows her and puffs himself up again. One more throat display and then suddenly they fly away, she first and he hot on her tail.
Enter the next pair (or the same pair…it’s hard to tell) and repeat.
This has been going on all day and I can hardly tear myself away from the window. My back fence is definitely a hot pick-up place for grackles this year. I can hardly wait to see all the babies. (photos taken by spy cam through the bedroom window)