Feathered Friday – An Awesome Annoyance of Grackles

I can almost pinpoint the day my journey as a crazy bird lady began, thanks to the info in my photo files and my blog. As I mentioned in a post from 2015, on October 26th, 2014 I took some pictures of an awesome annoyance of Grackles, and before I knew it, I was stalking all sorts of feathered friends in our yard.

Since it’s almost five years to the day, I thought I’d share some of my unedited/unpublished shots of these beauties (although a few of these did end up on my various social media accounts over the years). These all happened to be taken on the same day, on November 6th, 2016 in our Durham, NH yard.

I thought I’d also include a little bit of the spiritual significance of seeing Grackles, from Ted Andrew’s Animal Speak (page 142). This is just barely half of what he has to say about them, so be sure to check out the book for yourself if you’d like more info –

[The grackle] is a large black bird with an extra-long tail. About its head and shoulders are iridescent feathers that change from blue to green to purple or bronze, depending on the light.

This coloring often reflects a need for those to whom the grackle comes to look at what is going on in their life differently. It says that situations are not what they appear to be and you may not be looking at them correctly–particularly anything dealing with the emotions.

Keep in mind that black is the color of the inner and the feminine. The purple and bronze coloring about the head especially usually indicates that emotions are coloring our thinking process. The grackle can help us to correct this.

During courting season, the male grackle will fold its tail, creating a diamond-like trough. This diamond shape is often reflective of activation. It hints at a need to become active in regards to emotional situations. Have we been too passive in our emotions? Are we simply rehashing and talking about them without doing anything to correct the emotional situations of our life? The grackle is a noisy, chattering bird and may be a reminder to quit talking and do something.”

One last thing before I get started with my latest contribution to the Feathered Friday tag that @melinda010100 has kept flying on the Steem blockchain – be sure to check out the post she did for this week, called Missing you already!, which has some beautiful shots of some of the songbirds that have now left her area for the winter.

Now on with my Awesome Annoyance of Grackles

Awesome Annoyance of Grackles
In November 2016, this Grackle got lookout duty…

Awesome Annoyance of Grackles
…while this guy scratched an itch.

Awesome Annoyance of Grackles
Hmm, is this a Grackle or a Flamingo?

Awesome Annoyance of Grackles
Oh, oopsies – guess he didn’t appreciate my joke! 😂

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But luckily, he got distracted by something before he could yell at me too much.

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This guy (I’m assuming, because of the colorful head) was nearby, enjoying the suet.

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This was just a small portion of the annoyance. And I believe there’s a lone gal sitting on the rock to the left.

Awesome Annoyance of Grackles
The rainy day didn’t seem to bother them much…

…in fact, they seemed to enjoy showing off!

I LOVE this shade of blue!

A rain soaked Grackle

In motion and at rest.

This guy still has a little suet on his beak

This one is a little blurry, but I like how it shows off the rainbow shades

This guy wandered off from the rest, and found some other treats hidden under the leaves. A short time later, they all noisily flew off to beautifully annoy someone else.


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