Day of the Grackle

The Word of The Day is GRACKLE.
A songbird of the American blackbird family, the male of which has shiny black plumage with a blue-green sheen.
Image property of Marilyn Armstrong (read her post on Grackles here)




About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Day of the Grackle

  1. Keen YELLOW eyes. I bet if they didn’t have yellow eyes, people wouldn’t find them so threatening. Garry always wanted to live on a boat. I always thought it would be a lot more work than either of us were (or are) ready to do. He wanted the romance. I kept think about hull scraping because I had a small sailboat and even that was a surprising amount of work. So I envy the experience, but trying to maintain this crumbling residence.

    • Hi Marilyn. Lovely pictures.
      We didn’t have to scrub our hull or have it blacked every couple of years as she was a Sea Otter and made of aluminium. We were lying in bed one night and could hear this taptaptaptaptap along the hull like a mini hammer drill. It was the ducks pecking off the algae and when they finished along one side, they simply pecked their way back along the other. We enjoyed the life and if our health hadn’t been an issue, would probably still be on it.

  2. I hit return too soon. Trying to keep this crumbling resident is hard enough. I still envy having the experience.

  3. My eye was caught by the word of the day. There are two types of blackbirds that come back in the spring. The grackle and the starling. You would think that the starling would be the more handsome bird! I’ll leave you to judge which one you prefer.

    • We have hundreds of starlings here and our front lawn has been covered with them. They are noisy but up close, have some beautiful colours. We also have a family of blackbirds visit. I could watch the birds all day. No grackles here in the UK though.

  4. murisopsis says:

    We are overrun by starlings… an import from England thanks to some settlers who missed them…

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