Saturday, May 16, 2015

Do Grackles Cackle?

I've never heard one, but I'd like to think so. My contribution to Eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #74.

I saw this butterfly the day after making this comment.





UPDATE: Bonus Grackle Pic

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37 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful shots. grackles have a weird raspy voice and whistles. :)

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series, congrats on your swallowtail sighting. It is a beautiful butterfly. Love the ducks and birds too. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Jim H. said...

Nicely done, sir!

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely collection of critters in this post. Have a wonderful weekend.

Ela said...

Fantastic pictures !! Your critters are beautiful !
Have a nice weekend :)

NatureFootstep said...

a nice collection of critters :)

DeniseinVA said...

I don't think I have ever heard a grackle cackle either. Great series of nature shots here. Very enjoyable!

Bob Bushell said...

Excellent. Love them.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Great photos! I like the grackle - not given much credit for anything. Used to see hoards of them in Texas.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Michelle said...

A lovely butterfly shot!

Marie C said...

Such awesome visitors! Great shots.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

We have a lot of grackles at my workplace- I always think they sound like a rusty, squeaky hinge.

Hannah said...

Beautiful Mallard photos, I like their shadowy reflections in the pond. I looked up the grackle sounds, funny clicks and metallic whistles. I don't think they live here. I hope the swallowtails will come here soon, the flowers they like are blooming yet though.

Rajesh said...

Excellent captures.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The grackle is beautiful and I love the butterfly. I haven't seen many butterflies yet this spring.

orchid Miyako said...

Hello Dear friend; I LOVE the title of play with words :-) And the Tex's comment helped me understand. What a GORGEOUS butterfly photo; looks rare species,doesn't it♪

Yes, the wisteria tree I took pics at the city park turned all tree also when I stopped by on our way home from errand :-)

Thank you very much for your kind comment and wishing you a wonderful coming new week.
Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

The grackles are quite the pests here. Dominating the feeder, sigh.
I love the wiseteria, too!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of birds and butterflies.
Well done, my compliments.
Best regards, Irma

Noushka said...

I just realised I hadn't yet subscribed to your followers, no it's done!!
Great to see what you've got in your garden!
Your butterfly is magnificent, it looks much like the Scarce Swallowtail we have here.
Enjoy the coming week :)

Cranberry Morning said...

I like all the photos, but especially the ducks. It's so cute!

Cranberry Morning said...

I like all the photos, but especially the ducks. It's so cute!

Phil Slade said...

I remember that Grackles have a weird sort of whistle. Is that a "grackle"?

Gerald (SK14) said...

the male and the female mallard - nice one

Al said...

A very pretty set of photos!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The sunshine really shows off his beautiful colors! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

Gilly said...

That Grackle looks a bit like a starling - same family? We have a bird in the garden which imitates our phone ringing - very annoying! Must change the ring tone!

Gilly said...

ps - I've posted some spring flowers over at my place!

Gattina said...

Very nice pictures ! It's a long time ago since I have seen a butterfly !

Gilly said...

Well, if I see a starling here I know its a starling. We don't have grackles. We nearly don't have starlings, they seem to be an endangered bird now. :(

But Grackles do look beautiful!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty photos....I love the full wing on the zebra butterfly!!

Debbie said...

grackles are loud, but their noise is hard to describe. i think texwisgirl has it....

great captures of some cute critters for todays party!!!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice set of critters!~

EG CameraGirl said...

Good question about grackles cackling. ;))

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I love the little butterfly. We have had a few here but they are too quick for this photographer! Great photos here!

Sharon Wagner said...

Nice backyard visitors!

Black Jack's Carol said...

"Weird raspy voice and whistles" equals "cackle" in my book :) It was fun to have a glimpse into your world, so many thanks for being out and about to record it. The swallowtail was a joy!

Karen S. said...

Cackle, cackle, caCKLE! Hehehe!