Friday, July 26, 2013

Stretch

Three Boards Long

Stretch the Grackle has become a frequent and regular visitor to the backyard fence. Measuring almost three boards (6" boards) long, other than an occasional and rare visit by a hawk, Stretch is by far the largest bird that comes by. 


Woodpecker Imitation

Keel shaped tail and metallic black feathers, the rascal has taken up eating cedar!


Curiosity?

Stretch seems as curious about the fence as I am about his antics! 

12 comments:

  1. my sis from wis is completely enamored with grackles. when she visits, she makes me drive slowly thru parking lots so she can watch them. :)

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    1. They are an interesting bird with an unusual voice. I like them too! Hope your Sis doesn't live on the shores of Lake Michigan. I spent a long winter in the summer months while working in Racine. Three months at the Yogi Bear Campground south of Milwaukee cured me of the Northern Exposure!

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  2. We always had grackles in our yard when I was growing up, though my mother always mistakenly called them starlings. She didn't like them. I did.

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    1. If she is speaking of the Common Starling (European starling) I'm with her! They have just about drove our Purple Martins from their home. Aggravating Devils they are! The big old black grackles add a sub-tropical feel to our backyard!

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    1. Thought you might enjoy these shots!

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  4. Your Grackle looks like a cross between the common Crow and the Steller's Jays we have over here on the Coast. They also appear to be every bit as smart and curious too! Nice to have visitors like this to your garden.

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  5. Parece una Maria mulata.. Super!!!..

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  6. I would think there are little bugs and ants on the fence and he's probably eating them. Sort of looks like a small crow.

    Felicia

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  7. Birds are very smart creatures. I think that Stretch has also been watching you and realize that he can get away with quite a bit; he's got your number.

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  8. Stretch is one big bird! If he keeps eating your fence you will never get to take the camper out. LOL

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  9. I have seen these type of birds sitting on my cedar fence, but never seen they eating the cedar. Very interesting thing to see, and I'm wondering the cedar helping the digest system!

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