I awoke on a rainy October morning to find my yard invaded by the common grackle! They were everywhere! Still half asleep and groggy from being sick I went to grab my camera only to discover the battery was dead. I fumbled with the spare battery and camera as I rushed to change it so I could capture this event in megapixels. I had not seen any grackles here before and quite frankly, they have not been back since, but this morning I was thrilled to see them and I counted close to 100 birds as they covered my lawn and attacked my feeder. Some of the photos are blurry due to shooting through a window on a rainy day and partly due to my excitement. Yes, of course I thought of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie THE BIRDS and believe me it felt a little bit like that but, I was safely inside the house though still fighting the flu. I suppose these photos sort of portray how I was feeling, a little off center and unbalanced!
Common Grackle 10-27-10
|Location||Andover, MA (yard )|
|First sighting at this location||10-27-10|
|Kathiesbirds Life Bird #12||Date: 3-15-1978|
|First Sighting Location||Jewett City, CT|
This day inspired me to write this poem:
I hope to continue “Feeder Birds” as a feature each week with a graph showing when and where the bird was first sighted here in Andover and for my Life List. I will alternate with birds seen at the bog sometimes in a post I will probably call “Bog Birds.” Who knows where this will go, but I like the format.