Monday, March 13, 2017
Common Grackles are large blackbirds with glossy-iridescent bodies and bright golden eyes that give them an intent expression. To keep them at the feeders offer a large perching area and foods like corn, suet or peanuts. To keep them off feeders offer smaller perched feeders and safflower seed (seed they don't like).
When they are walking around on the lawns they make a chip, chip call. And their song isn't much more melodic. This big beautiful bird almost sounds like someone that lost their voice. Common Grackles puff up and produce a guttural readle-eak song accompanied by high-pitched, clear whistles, often described as sounding like a rusty gate. Watch the video: https://macaulaylibrary.org/video/440377
- How Grackles got their name http://goo.gl/zGBBaO
- Common Grackles facts http://bit.ly/OzgUjw
- How to keep grackles away: http://bit.ly/Q1q0GI
- Why is the blackbird associated with evil and ill omens? http://bit.ly/OzhBtb
- When black birds fly south http://bit.ly/Q1qDAk