Great-tailed Grackle
Quiscalus mexicanus
(L 15-18" WS 19-23" WT 3.7-7 oz)
Has many raucous noisy
calls...expanded from Mexico
to much of southwest US.
The grackle’s voice is less than mellow,
His heart is black, his eye is yellow,
He bullies more attractive birds
With hoodlum deeds and vulgar words,
And should a human interfere,
Attacks that human in the rear.
I cannot help but deem the grackle
An ornithological debacle.
                            (Ogden Nash)
Doug Knapp,
Estero Llano Grande
State Park