The Grackle has an iridescent blue silk head on a smooth black body. Although this bird is freaky looking it is also very beautiful
Grackles appear to reverse their color schemes from the time babies with the blue on the body and the black (or brown) around the head.
Although they look a mean and scary, they are very considerate to the other birds around the feeder and can often be seen patiently waiting for their turn.
Unlike some species that will scare off the little birds, the grackle has surprising suprise big-brother-like qualities.
Not shy, the grackle will let us know when we have breached its safety and comfort zone. This observation was made apparent when from inside a kayak, I entered his space and got a little to close to the nest.
The bird, protective as any parent would be , tried thwarting my attention as it flew away from the nest in an effort to get me to follow .
Armed with the realisation that this was happening , the next move is to gently paddle away from the nest in question.
Studying the grackle is a good lesson in “dont judge a book by its cover”.
Personally and metaphorically speaking , these birds have transformed from the ugly caterpillar into the beautiful butterfly in the attachment of my mind.