Depending upon the day and how many of the Grackles have landed in my yard – I waiver between beauty and beast. Their color is fascinating. They appear black with bright yellow/green eyes from a distance, but as they get closer their varied colors start to show. The blue of their head stands out as well as the iridescent bronze color of their bodies. These colors will become brighter or darker depending upon the light and the birds surroundings.
Here’s a couple photos showing the sharp contrast in colors:
As far as these birds being beasts, their behavior tends to get them characterized more as a beast and/ or just a plain pest. They travel in flocks. On any given day, there are anywhere from 2 to 10 Grackles in my yard at a time. With this number, they tend to take over and truly become pests. For the farmers, the Grackles are pests as they can destroy crops.
I refer to these birds as the back yard bullies. Most of their consumption is from the ground below the bird feeders. However, I have noticed they do try to eat seed from the feeders once in a while. This doesn’t usually last long because they are too big to balance on the typical bird feeder. They also love suet. I discovered this by accident as I was putting suet out for the Downy Woodpeckers. I had several suet feeders for a variety of birds to enjoy. Shortly after I put the suet out, the feeders would be taken over by the Grackles. They could eat all of the suet in less than a day’s time. They also chase the other birds away by charging at the birds. Once in a while even a squirrel will get chased away. The Grackles have size going for them as well. To the smaller birds, I am sure the Grackles appearance alone can be intimidating.
Some beast like photos:
Fortunately the birds have learned how to get along with one another, so the finches, the cardinals and the other song birds still enjoy their time at the feeders and in the yard. They seem to have developed a schedule as the smaller birds will come to the feeders earlier in the morning and later in the evening. The Grackles seem to have the middle of the day to eat and play in the bird baths. It is good to see nature finding ways to get along peacefully.
No matter if the Grackles are showing how beautiful they can be or how beastly their behavior is, I still like to watch them. 🙂
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All photos are originals by Kim Lawless