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.
Quiscalus quiscula

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

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