The Grackles have started visiting the garden again, and now they’re bringing their babies with them. I haven’t had a chance to photograph the young ones yet, but here are a whole lotta photos of the very photogenic adult birds. I swear that sometimes they purposely pose for my camera with the most interesting expressions – mostly a look of irritation!
It’s funny to watch these birds walking. They hold their head up high and seem to strut.
Grackles do fall into the blackbird family of birds, but they aren’t simply black. When seen in the proper lighting they are amazingly colorful.
The Grackle is considered a songbird, but its voice is rather harsh. The young ones are especially not very gifted with sound. They screech from their nests as they wait to be fed, and shriek as they follow their mother when they’re older. It’s a voice only a mother can love.
It’s quite entertaining to watch young Grackles at the feeders; they seem to be the most ill-behaved of all fledglings. They fight over the food and beat up on each other as they shriek. Mom and dad seem to be oblivious or unconcerned, so discipline is not part of the upbringing.
Adult Grackles continue to feed baby Grackles for several weeks after they've left the nest, so mom and dad are pretty much stuck with these noisy little buggers for awhile.