Noisy Grackles

I often enjoy retreating to the quietness of our backyard to sit and enjoy nature.  But recently, the backyard was unusually noisy due to several families of Common Grackles.  The dull brown juveniles screeched and squawked, demanding their parents’ attention.  The adults chattered as they made continual trips to the feeders in order to satisfy the endless appetites of the insistent juveniles.  Though an interesting scene to observe, the disturbance made by the grackles was quite the opposite of the peace and quiet that I had been expecting to find.

“We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”  ~Samuel Johnson

Common grackle


This adult male grackle was foraging for food amongst the needles of a cypress tree.  His shiny black plumage took on a glossy-iridescence when struck by the bright sunlight.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

Listening in

One day, as I was sitting out in the backyard enjoying the solitude of nature, I became aware of a small group of grackles sitting up high in a pine tree bantering back and forth to one another.  Though I wasn’t sure the gist of their conversation, the pleasant exchanges seemed to be in harmony with the peacefulness of the morning.

“The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.”  ~Samuel Johnson