Common Grackles aren't as well known or pretty or melodious as American Robins, but they are special to us. They migrate a bit south returning by late February to our neighborhood. Their return, even though it can still be pretty wintry, is our signal that spring really is coming. They nest in pine trees behind us in a little colony. When courting and nest-building their flights and calls fill the air and warm our hearts (if not our hands.) This year two of the young birds fledged into our backyard before they were fully able to fly. One day I got photos of the adults feeding them. It was the 10th of May, a bit early for them to be out already.
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