Tuesday, December 3, 2013

They Came...



 They stormed!


 They swarmed!

 




It's Grackle Madness!!!
 DUN, Dun, dun...
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

153 comments:

Carole M. said...

yes, and in big numbers

Revrunner said...

Sort of reminds me of a BMW motorcycle rally I once came across while hiking near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I've seen them completely fill the tree across the street before! Noisy little buggers too:@)

Kerri Farley said...

That's a BUNCH!
They sure are pretty!

diane b said...

......In their millions. Love their blue heads. What a spectacle!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Just two words this time........

HOLY COW!!!

georgettesullins said...

...and came and came. Beautiful blue feathering!

Molly The Wally said...

Now we are thinking Hitchcock.....dun dun daaa. Love the blue. Have a terrific Tuesday.

Best wishes Molly

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wow, that's a lot of birds!

Laura. M said...

That's an invasion :))

RoeH said...

I love those photos! BEautiful birds.

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Yikes! They are taking over!

Primitive Stars said...

Did they ever come, WOW!!!! just like The Birds, AHHHH!!!!!! Francine.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

It's the Grackle Apocalypse!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You crack me up. We don't have grackles here. But during college, in Waco, we all used to avoid parking under certain trees that the grackles swarmed!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Hmm, now let me think...which would I prefer...a flock of Grackles, or a flock of Starlings, which is what I get...I am still thinking...I want a flock of Cedar Waxwings...sigh!

Sandra said...

amazing!!! they look like black birds that someone painted their heads blue... what a sight and i bet it was a sound to

Our photos said...

Beautiful birds photos!

Anvilcloud said...

My goodness. I've never seen such a swarm of grackles.

JM said...

WOW! Look at all those birds! The colours are fantastic.

DJan said...

Yikes! That is a whole lotta grackles, Tex. Someone said "grackle apocalypse" and I have to agree. :-)

Montanagirl said...

So that's where they go when they leave here. I'm happy when they finally leave. They're like those Collared Doves: Gobble up everything in two seconds.

Magnolia Tea said...

Oh my word! You sure got great pictures of them. Love the blue heads. I've never seen them so brilliantly captured.

Christian Perrin said...

Wow, what great images! I love these birds for two reasons:

1) Lisa mentions them in an episode of 'The Simpsons'. I was so excited as a kid to have a fictional hero refer to birdwatching!

2) I saw them during my time in Toronto, flying around my yard. Thanks for bringing back the memories! :)

Irma said...

Really great to see these beautiful birds.
In the Netherlands they are not.
Greetings Irma

Jan n Jer said...

Hmmmm...why am I thinking.."Alfred Hitchcock"

parker said...

You've been invaded. These pics should put a smile on your sister's face!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Oh! I love their shiny blue heads!

Lois Evensen said...

Oooooh, it could be a scary movie! ;) Great series.

Donna said...

LOL!

Mary said...

Oh my gosh! I guess they did. Amazing! And great photos! :)

joeh said...

You can have them...not my favorite bird.

Lynne said...

Wow . . . abundance indeed . . . love the shiny blue/black! And the . . . "dun, dun dun!"

Jo's World said...

See, Tex? Lots of "not my favorite bird" in these comments.
But look at picture #14, so gorgeous, beautiful colors, irridescent blue heads. You see someone not so attractive and say "Oh they have a great personality" you won't even notice looks.
Well with Grackles they have great looks and zip for personality. Just gotta love 'em for what they are.
Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Mersad said...

This looks like a deleted scene from "The Birds"! :)

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Julia said...

There are so many of them. They must eat a lot of seeds. I love the blue iridescent color of their heads.
Hugs,
JB

Karen said...

Aren't they beautiful? The iridescence in their feathering is gorgeous. A bit Alfred Hitchcock-like when they all land around and on a feeder...

Marit Sønstebø said...

Wow! They are so beautiful!

ellen abbott said...

yup, it's a swarm. I guess I should be expecting them down here soon.

Debbie said...

omgoodness, talk about a herd!!

these guys always travel together, don't you wish cardinals would do the same?!

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

We get those huge flocks at the shore. Fortunately they don't stay!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Pix Under the Oaks said...

It's a little skeery!

Gail Dixon said...

This is the second time this week I'm seeing grackles with this coloring. But it's the first time I've seen photos of them in such large numbers. For grackles, they really are beautiful.

Karen said...

Wow, now that's a lot of grackles! I had one strangler at my feeders the other day! I love that last shot!

Linda said...

Suddenly, I can't get Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "The Birds," out of my mind!

stiefbeen said...

en zo te zien waren ze wel met zeer velen.

S. J. Qualls said...

Truly spectacular when they show up and leave as quickly as they came. Nice shots!

Sally said...

Oh yes, they did and you got some fantastic photo's. :)

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Holy Cow, you're not kidding.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Aaahhhhh, I feel like I'm in a horror movie. It's really cool when they all take off at the same time.

Farm Girl said...

Wow that is just amazing. I love the blue color you captured.

Fireblossom said...

I was thinking "grackle madness!" right before i came to where you had written that! They look so stern, but they are cool. I like grackles!

Bill said...

Wow that's a lot of Grackles! Many people don't care for them but they are beautiful birds. Great shots!

Sylvia K said...

Yep, horror movie!! But what terrific shots!!

Furry Bottoms said...

From my house to yours, see? Yeah.

Dave said...

Always nice to see large flocks of birds, they make for a good image especially when they take flight.

Are they moving through your patch on migration?

Dave

Hilary said...

Gracks are cool.. and colourful in the right light. Are they there to stay for a while or are you on their migratory path?

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I expect to see Tippi Hedren running about with her hands over her head.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think they like each other's company very, VERY much!

don said...

An amazing capture of the dense collection or birds.
Amazing number together.

Busy Little Chicken said...

Huge amount of birds, but they do have a beautiful blue colouring...

Barb said...

Your photos made me go onto you-tube to witness some grackle/starling murmurations. They are incredible to watch. You captured their iridescent colors well. Hope you're enjoying the season!

Country Gal said...

WOW ! So that's were all our Starlings go over the winters lol ! Wonderful photos ! Have a good day 1

karmnik54 said...

Sporo ich:)

MarkD60 said...

Alfred Hitchcock - The Birds

Hanne Bente said...

Nice picture series shows you some beautiful birds :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

It's a party! What beautiful photos! I love the blue in their feathers.

Stephen Hayes said...

Love the flashes of blue coloring. Quite a flock!

Aditi said...

So many...So So So many...love their necks!!

Nancy J said...

Beautiful series, like a story I wanted to find the end first!! Blue feathers so shiny, these photos show them so well, Lovely. Greetings from Jean

Kleine Waldameise said...

Reminds me of Hitchcock's "Birds", only that they look much prettier here. Funny how there are always more. So many in a place I've never seen up close.

Evening Greetings
Waldameise

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Playing catch up here!!
The first shot did make them look like they were marching in!! Amazing the lovely black is so black they have blue heads?? At first I thought they were black birds - then starlings - but neither?? They have such a beautiful blue head and tail feathers!!

Gordon said...

I've seen Grackles in Florida but they didn't look like these, are they a different species?, great shots.
All the best Gordon.

Louis la Vache said...

Oh NO!
The Run*Around*Ranch has gone to the birds!
:-)

Karen S. said...

Wow! This brings back my childhood and arguing with my daddy not to shoot these lovely creatures. Just look at their lovely blue heads. They almost glow. But, daddy said, no my dear, I can't let them nest in our attic!

Ms. A said...

These birds I have plenty of, but I've never been able to make them look as good, or interesting as yours! Wow, great shots!!!

Bob Bushell said...

What madness, good job you were there.

Paula said...

It's a pile of birds. I can hear them from here.

Patty Woodland said...

They don't come through here but they did in NJ - they would blacken the sky

Chris Rohrer said...

WOW!!!! You had an amazing swarm. They are so beautiful. They look like Common Grackles. I haven't seen many of them as they are rare to Arizona.....but they fit the profile for common. Gorgeous!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Oh my gosh, totally fascinating!!! I smiled when I saw your listing on the Reader's list, but never expected this!!!!

Susan said...

Holy cow, invasion of the birds. Reminds me of the movie.

Leovi said...

Great, these pictures are gorgeous! I love this flock of birds !

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Holy moley! In Europe it would be the starlings doing this. Love all that blue in the last picture!

Terry and Linda said...

MY GOODNESS!!! But I must say they are beautiful. We don't have Grackles here.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

mick said...

Wow! So many birds!I wonder what they eat and what they demolish!!

Andrew Fulton said...

What a wonderful sight... amazing.

HansHB said...

Awesome serie!
Well done!

Hannah said...

Beautiful feather colors, particularly the blue heads! I like the one from the side, the beak looks powerful. They must be a rambunctious lot!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Woah, that's a mess of Grackles! They kind of have a crazy look in their eyes haha.

Ela said...

It's a real invasion of birds but they are beautiful :)

Łucja-Maria said...

Amazing. The raid so many birds? This, after the invasion.
Although all are very beautiful.
Greetings.

Judy said...

Oh my, the movie The Birds comes to mind for me.

Cloudia said...

I still hear them! Wow, this post is an EXPERIENCE!



ALOHA to YOU, dear TEX
from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

Tanya Breese said...

wow!!! and no fair, you get to have all the fun! i swear, you really live in zoo!

Tanya Breese said...

wow!!! and no fair, you get to have all the fun! i swear, you really live in zoo!

Pantherka said...

Well, there's a lot of ... beautiful pictures.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
You got quite a Grackle invasion! Did you feed them on the ground? They seem to be munching on something good.
Hugs,
Mariette

Fjällripan said...

So many, wow!! and they are so beautiful with their blue heads :))

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Grackles are so beautiful and iridescent! But they sometimes come in such numbers!

Robin Lamb said...

T, Wow, what a mess of them! I love the ever changing colours of these guys!
Great shots!

Giga said...

To chyba był zlot tych ptaków. Świetnie to wygląda. Pozdrawiam.
I think it was a reunion of these birds. It looks great. Yours.

Maggid said...

your photos make them look totally amazing.

My neighbors do not like these fellas . . me?? I think they are nifty. I wonder if they feel like one gigantic mass - if they are able to think as one . . . do they know how large them seem?

I like how you caught the blue-ness of them . .
Thanks!

barbara l. hale said...

Looks like they are multiplying on the spot. My mother-in-law used to do a grackle dance to get them away from the bird feeders. But I kind of like their iridescent heads.

eileeninmd said...

Tex, they must love your place!! I would not like to feed the, way TOO many!! I think they have pretty shiny heads. Cool shots!

RedPat said...

I've never seen so many grackles! We see large groups of starlings here but at least they are a bit smaller.

I'm feeling pretty good now, thanks!!

troutbirder said...

They came. They saw. They conquered....

Jeanne said...

Yeah... sometimes they can be scary. I'll bet they emptied the feeders fast!

wis north said...

Ooh you lucky dog! Especially if they are ss noisy as people say they don't stay. But what a gaggle fest!! I feel new screen saver picture...

Red said...

I had grackles about 2 months ago. I didn't have this many but they do swarm. Keep clicking on me until I find out what's going on. About half the people get the feeds and half don't.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my lord, you've been invaded! Pretty colors, but yikes!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Holy smokes they came and then some...was there a scrap of food left?

TH
hank you for your help...she is the administrator on my blog now.....but I can't see where you click to change that. I have already changed the pass word on her gmail so I have access to that.
any suggestions? Heidi

Wally Jones said...

First, one grackle spotted your feed supply.
He "tweeted" about it.

The rest - is history.

Great series!

Pallavi said...

Oh my God ! So many of them all at once . Such a beautiful spectacle :)

The Equestrian Vagabond said...

great progression of photos! we have some plain ol' blackbirds that have been gathering in great cackling numbers in our trees, but I can't get close to them because they all take off!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

bailey-road.com said...

Gangsters!

MTWaggin said...

Holy cow - I mean bird! Good grief but do love the colors I see in that last shot.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

They are very striking! I love the irridescent blue with the bright yellow eyes. I'll bet they had a lot to say, too! We don't have them here. xo

Gert said...

Oh, I'm glad they are there and not here...lol They take all the food! Sorry they're at your place!

Gert

Raggedy Creations said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Was Alfred Hitchcock around somewhere.

Stephanie said...

Reminds me of the Hitchcock movie, "The Birds".

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Sorry, but I've gotta say it...I hope all my grackles are down there with your grackles! I've been waiting for the buggers to show up and they usually do about the time I fill up the suet feeders and they gobble them up in a matter of minutes it seems. Pesky critters.

Marissa said...

They have blue heads? Wow what a beautiful sight!

Faye said...

These pics could give a person nightmares! Although, Do admire their glittery bodies. What do the dogs think of them?

Paul said...

Wow, that's quite the gathering of Grackles. Great pictures!

Adam Jones said...

Wow, what a sight, and colourful birds.

SweetMarie said...

They're gorgeous! that blue is awesome!!

Mike Biles said...

Stunning photos. These birds look like some kind of crow? We get loads of jackdaws in this part of the world - nasty damn things!

Lynn said...

what amazing scenes, you've captured them so beautifully, I've never seen this bird before.I wonder did they make a lot of noise?

Arija said...

What great magic came dow from the sky just for you! Marvellous! Had you put out food for the masses???

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Incredible amazing and fearsome looking. The look like small ravens.

Liz Needle said...

What a striking looking bird. I have never heard of a 'Grackle" before. Great photos!

Midmarsh John said...

What a massive invasion of beautiful looking birds. Worthy of Daphne du Maurier / Alfred Hitchcock starring roles.

Daryl said...

WOW! that's some gathering ... did they stay long?

edenhills said...

That is quite the swarm! I still think they are beautiful with that iridescent sheen.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow, great photos! I love the blue tint in these. But it also reminds me of the movie, "The Birds" ;-)

Helma said...

Jeez say ............... what a field full of birds.! Then you Neit know what you see lol .... Beautiful face.

McGuffy Ann said...

Did you happen to see Alfred Hitchcock?

Brian King said...

Holy cow! I've never seen that many grackles at once! Not even close. So far the grackles and starlings haven't made an appearance at the feeders here.

Randy said...

Great coloring.

Ian H said...

You could make a lot of pies with that lot!

petspeopleandlife said...

Indeed they "came and what a flock of Common Grackles it was. It seems that the males really stood out with the bluish purple sheen of their heads. Actually the prettiest photo of grackles that I have seen. I bet there was not a speck of seed to be found when that flock took wing. :-)

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex. Amazing series of shots of this lovely bird.

Betty Manousos said...

gosh, you are so lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty, theresa! great series!:)

Rita said...

Such a sight! So cool! :)

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Yes, and they saw and conquered! Overwhelming sight!!!

Barb Brookbank said...

Now that's just plain amazing!

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Wow, that's a lot of visitors! Great pictures!

Rose said...

THE BIRDS! They always make me think of that...when I see the blackbirds in flocks or go to Terre Haute and see all the crows.

bon bon said...

HA!!! i imagine they were noisy too!

pattisjarrett said...

You did a great job of catching the iridescent blues. It looks like the whole flock of North America found you! I can only imagine how noisy that was. I haven't seen any here for awhile, some usually stay for the winter.

DIMI said...

Wow!!!Preety birds indeed!!
Dimi...

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

You may have a blackbird infestation

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