Common Grackles have earned a reputation as a significant pest in certain areas of North America.

They feed in farm fields, pastures, and suburban lawns by walking, rather than hopping, and they act aggressively toward, even stealing food from, other ground-foraging birds such as robins.













I think this is a juvenile grackle










I love iridescence of the male grackle






Versus the dull brown of the female





















female grackle in flight











Common Grackles favor conifers close to open areas and water as nest locations

















They usually nest in dense colonies with as many as 10 to 30 pairs.

Occasionally a colony will have more than 100 pairs.









 A grackle in the rain


























This grackle was after they osprey's dinner.

grackle fighting an osprey animated






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see also grackles from Mexico