Saturday, March 31, 2012
Grackles love 'em or hate 'em, they don't care
Few little birds could get near the seed when this flock arrived. There were three large elm and maple trees full of these huge black birds with their whistles, buzzing and fluffing of feathers when they call.
Many have finally moved on - it was after all, about two or more weeks ago that the warm spell began. But nearly a dozen grackles have remained. This morning these two glared at me for daring to interrupt their morning repast. The seeds I place along the deck railing are just way too enticing for many of these birds and while they don't often feel comfortable enough to feed this close to the house, there they were. Temptation was just too strong. I chuckled when I enlarged this photo to see the obvious glare in their eyes. What was I doing bothering them while they ate?
With the cold we're experiencing these past few days, there are lots more birds hanging around the feeders than were here when it was warm. Hopefully they'll manage the sudden ups and downs. So far so good. Hopefully too, others like me will make sure feeders remain full and suet is available for the little ones who certainly need it.
Strange weather this spring.