Grackles and Blackbirds


Saturday we returned home from a big city excursion to find a huge flock of blackbirds in our yard/acreage.  


They were very noisy and hard to capture on camera.  


On closer inspection my son determined that they were Grackles.  With their iridescent sheen, he said it was obvious.  To him, I am sure.  


He was able to get a little closer than I was.  He told me my camera was spooking them.  

A few years ago I shared this article about a little girl who fed crows and they returned in kind with gifts.  An interesting read, for sure.  


Linking up with The Barn Collective today.




Comments

  1. I loved that story and aren't those flocks amazing?

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  2. None here yet, a few robins but not the obvious grackle.

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  3. they do have pretty coloring.

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  4. Wow. I have been seeing more crows than usual this year in Naples, but nowhere that many.

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  5. That is a lot of black birds! How nice that your son knows his bird breeds! Love your red barns. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Oh, Michelle, I loved that crow story...

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  7. Hmmmm . . .
    The Birds . . .
    Interesting . . .
    Seems like I have read something about crows . . .
    Smart birds ??
    (I will have to look that up . . .)

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  8. Great photos, and I could just imagine the noise. Happy spring!

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  9. Hello, it is amazing to see these large flocks of birds. Love the photos. Happy 1st day of Spring. Have a great new week ahead!

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  10. now that's a lot of birds! i remember the story about the crow and gifts...so neat!

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  11. Love this very nice story!!! And the pictures are so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing:)
    Jessi

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  12. It is fun to watch them fly in formation. I have watched a group coming through for quite a few days, not sure if they are new or the same group.

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  13. I've got a story about crows. We once stopped at a rest area along the Florida Turnpike and while on my way from the car to the main building, I was attacked by several crows...they dove and got me in the head! I must have walked under a tree with a nest. Not my favorite bird!

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  14. Did it kinda make you think of the Hitchcock movie, The Birds? LOL Grackles are pretty, and I guess a nuisance. But they made a great subject for your photos. Love the pics!

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  15. Hi Michelle, I'm a first time visitor to your blog and glad you visited mine so we could connect. Nice story and pics. We are having lots of grackles here in Western Kentucky too. I've had to bring in some of my feeders to try and get them to move on to a new location.

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  16. Reminds of the movie The Birds! Creepy if they are close!

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  17. So many. You came home just at the right time.

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  18. They do have a somewhat hidden iridescent beauty but overall grackles are not my friends....

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  19. Wow you sure had a large flock of visitors. The photos are great but I imagine they might have left a mess behind.
    Incredible post! Happy Spring!

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  20. Wow that's a lot of Grackles. Though they are quite pretty when you see them in the sun.
    Nice photo of your barn.

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  21. Thought it might have been a re-run of Alfred Hitcock's The Birds . . . lol

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  22. Wow! Lots of those blackbirds. Beautiful scenery!

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  23. Oh, that's really exciting to see them! I've heard about the girl feeding the crows. My Grandfather had a pet crow and he would steal my Grandmother's jewelry. When he stole my Grandfather's pocket watch, he scaled the tree where his nest was and stole it all back :)

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  24. Oh my goodness!! That is MORE than a huge flock...try humongous!! Good gravy Marie...that's a lotta birds. Now, I'm gonna go read the story you shared with the link in your post.

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  25. I'm sure this bird is long gone, or maybe not, but an interesting story. http://www.sheepthrillsfarm.com/search/label/Bran

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