Grackles are usually far from my favourite birds: They are loud and bossy, and at times, scare away the smaller birds. But they can also be entertaining — when they try to perch on tiny feeders to peck through fine mesh with their large beaks, for example. And the males are beautiful when the sun glints off their feathers and highlights their iridescent blue heads. They can even be endearing when feeding their young — the adults, that is. I didn't feel quite so kindly toward the juvenile. Squawky, greedy baby!
|See what I mean about greedy? This juvenile Common Grackle kept screeching until finally... © SB|
|The adult male Common Grackle fed it... © SB|
|Adult and juvenile Common Grackles, between bites and squawks. © SB|
What is this? Common Grackle
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: July 3, 2016