To follow up on my post from Sunday titled the Eye of the Grackle, I just realized tonight that my Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America has a CD of bird songs with it.  Thanks to my son, Matt, for this awesome Christmas gift.  We drove the cats crazy tonight listening to …

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With his bluish iridescent head and large yellow eye, the grackle is a striking bird.  With his raspy, grating voice, his call is unmistakable.  I always thought of him as the “rusty spring bird”.  His call to me always sounded like a spring on a porch door squeaking as the door opened or closed. I …

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Ardea Herodias or the Great Blue Heron is a wading bird often seen in ponds or in marshes.  He is the tall skinny bird with the long neck who often blends in with the reeds and cattails at the water’s edge.  He is a shy bird who will not let you get too close.  If you get too …

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