Hi Bird lovers!
I like the idea of calling my post "Bird Watching"! At first I was like. . .was my post removed for some reason?
It's all good, I'm smiling bigtime as I write this!
I didn't even know what a Grackle is, untill a couple of summers ago. I had always known them as "Blackbirds." They are black, with iridescent feathers that flash bright blue, they are so black. And yes, their voice is awful! It's very raspy--they don't sing, they make this hacky, croaky sound. And they are ornery, have a mean look on their face, probably due to the tiny white circle around their eyes. They are very good parents, though, extremely protective of their young. My husband's co-worker called them "Gackle Birds" which is funny.
The baby Grackle has flown out into the world now--we think he was reluctant to leave the nest, kind of late bloomer. I had put out a bit of water in a mason jar lid for him to drink. My husband removed our plastic owl thinking perhaps the baby was afraid of it did not want to venture out from the security of the shrubbery.
The owl being gone, seemed to help the little guy gain some confidence.
I love birds, too, especially Cardinals, which seem to be quite prolific in mid-Michigan this year.
It will be fun to hear other bird stories and see photos!