December 21, 2014
Angry bird syndrome.
Seems quite put off that the pond isn't running. Perhaps he wanted a bath and not just a drink.
This grackle showed up in our yard two days ago. Not rare but certainly not common during the winter.
Those raggedy figures out in cornfields may be called scare-crows, but grackles are the #1 threat to corn. They eat ripening corn as well as corn sprouts, and their habit of foraging in big flocks means they have a multimillion dollar impact. Some people have tried to reduce their effects by spraying a foul-tasting chemical on corn sprouts or by culling grackles at their roosts.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology