Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
17 April 2013
Often maligned, the Common Grackle is in fact a stunningly beautiful species. It is without doubt a tad aggressive and sometimes a little domineering at a bird feeder as it seeks to secure its share of the food, but in reality it is simply assuring its own survival. Perhaps it reminds us a little too much of our own attitudes and that is why some people dislike it so much. Personally, I have never understood this division of birds into good and bad species. We should all accept nature for what it is - wonderful in all its myriad forms.