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We first noticed this grackle on our millet feeder in early July 2012, when he appeared intermittently for about two weeks with a mixed flock of RWBL and COGR. He showed up again April-May 2013, but I was unable to document photographically. Fortunately, when he reappeared today, I was ready!
A strange, new bird moves in the trees;
He shies behind the shrouding leaves.
Blotched blue and white – what colors these?
But shadows tell not much.
A grackle lands – what pure delight!
His feathered frock a striking sight.
Like van Gogh’s ‘Starry, Starry Night,’
He bears The Master’s touch.
Copyright © Susan Heffner
April 29, 2014
I have a picture of one of these birds. Tacoma Washington. I thought it was a strange looking Crow. But I know better now.
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