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Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« on: 10/05/2006 15:40:18 »
We have an interesting breed of birds here in Texas called Grackles...they are most annoying and  dramatic in their actions.  In fact, in Fort Worth they caused a bit of trouble as to them hanging out and very aggressive with people just a bit...hmmm, trying to figure out if it was because there were so many of them they could overtake people or what?  I know they called in some "specialists"(I don't know if it was Grackle Specialist) I heard it on the news...and they were asking everyone to not be in downtown for about an hour and had police barricade a few blocks off and shoot to get rid of birds out of the area..

Does anyone know where these birds migrated from originally?

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #1 on: 10/05/2006 15:43:56 »
Wikipedia is fantastic.....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grackle

http://www.montereybay.com/creagrus/grackles.html



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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #2 on: 10/05/2006 16:39:27 »
we have things over here called greckles,they turn up at the beach with a knotted hankie on their head and wearing shorts and a string vest,and they are usually the same colour as a bottle of milk on arrival,and a fresh cooked lobster on departure.

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #3 on: 10/05/2006 19:54:07 »
Neilsy, thanks for the info...I love wikipeida too...These are some vulturous creatures...Very bold too...I had one eat out of my hand when Magnum and I went to a park...he didn't think it would, but it did!  Just love your words..are you recording these for a new dictionary?

Timecop...very interesting...but they don't have wings do they?




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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #4 on: 10/05/2006 22:34:54 »
Grackles are just black pigeons. !!!

They try to keep my truck covered with their droppings. At times, the cab is covered with green splotches and a little black paint showing through. SHOOT THEM ALL !!

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #5 on: 10/05/2006 23:00:53 »
LOL  Love it JimBob!  I think many people would agree with you here.  I watched one get hit with a car yesterday with my son, thank God he is older or I would've had to check on it...but was amazed as the stupid thing, came back to life(or maybe it didn't die, obviously)and flew away with many feathers missing...we just had to laugh...If I had stopped I would've bowed to it! Surviving that hit!

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #6 on: 10/05/2006 23:15:13 »
Perhaps the Grackle was wearing a saftey belt Lo !...it's important you know !

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #7 on: 11/05/2006 01:35:07 »
LOL, Darn Grackle got away...I will keep it in mind Nielsy.  It is amazing...lol

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #8 on: 12/05/2006 06:51:58 »
They are a type  of american Blackbird, smaller then a crow I think. I must go visit the link you posted, be back!
 

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #9 on: 12/05/2006 06:54:49 »
Wow those are pretty little birds aren't they, and yeperoo, thats who I thought they were. I thought I better check to make sure memory was serving me right. I have seen these guys alot.
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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #10 on: 12/05/2006 19:05:53 »
It isn't seeing them that is the most anoying, it is hearing them. They are raucous, annoying bessties. Their call is like a recording of a huge finger nail rakeing across a chalk board, played on a 30 ohm speaker at 200 decibles. They start before daylight and cease only when it is very dark. If there is a nest close to your dwelling, forget sleeping.

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #11 on: 12/05/2006 20:51:41 »
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Originally posted by Karen W.

Wow those are pretty little birds aren't they, and yeperoo, thats who I thought they were. I thought I better check to make sure memory was serving me right. I have seen these guys alot.



The ones here in Texas are not that pretty...yes, I think they are related to the crow with the noise as well as behavior but a bit more aggressive.[B)]People are almost attacked in Fort Worth, eg. setting on benches and birds try to snatch food out of hands or swoop close to their heads..they shut down a few blocks to shoot up in the air to get rid of humongous groups of them!

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #12 on: 14/05/2006 05:52:17 »
I love to hear them. Its kind of cool! But I like birds to start with. My neighbor would like you  want to kill the darling little blackbirds!
 

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #13 on: 15/05/2006 01:19:06 »
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Originally posted by Karen W.

I love to hear them. Its kind of cool! But I like birds to start with. My neighbor would like you  want to kill the darling little blackbirds!


I like birds singing, but when they are singing that most annoying song...ick!  I think the most important part of this is knowing they are becoming aggressive towards people...we could knit them some bird muzzles...you up for a new cause Karen hehe;)

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #14 on: 17/05/2006 02:10:48 »
we`ve also got an annoying BIRD over here,cilla flamin black,she squalks and cackles.

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #15 on: 17/05/2006 04:55:15 »
It is called a cilla flamin black...thought it was a group.

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #16 on: 19/05/2006 00:05:28 »
cilla black,( real name priscilla white, eh! )is a singer from the 60s,she`s got carrot coloured hair,buck teeth,and a stupid voice,other than that she is fine,as long as she dont sing [xx(]

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #17 on: 19/05/2006 02:13:06 »
LOL  How funny?  I was way off...thought it was a group not a singer...geez, after hearing grackles you start hearing at least in doubles...

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #18 on: 19/05/2006 23:59:06 »
our magpie is probably like your grackle,they are loud,crazy,can be very agressive toward people,and are reputed to steal shiny objects,they have a passion for jewellery,and line their nests with it,they have a very loud grating call,usually at 4am outside my window,right where`s my remmie 12 gauge.
i, for the life of me cant remember any cilla songs,made a big impression then, niet ! !

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Re: Grackles, are they real birds or what??
« Reply #19 on: 20/05/2006 03:29:01 »
No doubt, I was watching the grackles this morning and they were squawking...decided they don't sing...mothers are smaller than the babies for some reason...looks like the babies should be feeding mama birds

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