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Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday's Facts (Re Common Grackles)

The photograph directly above this entry features a Common grackle perching on a branch in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary in Central Park.

The next picture features this bird type atop a grassy area near the lake that is located there.

This bird type has been a frequent visitor to my rooftop garden — especially in the winter — as evidenced in the following pictures.

And this creature along with his/her comrades are known to frequent the Ailanthus Trees that are in the adjacent courtyard of my building.

Common grackles are featured in a section of volume three of my book series Words In Our Beak, and referenced in the other volumes (purchase info is below the ending of this post).

In any event, while I'm on the subject of grackles, I'd like to conclude my musings with an amusing short poem about them that is by Odgen Nash:

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.

Here is the purchase info for the series:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC):

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:

Volume Three: ISBN: 978099637853
Now available on Amazon @ and can be ordered from any place selling books by giving them the title and/or ISBN, which once again is 978099637853.

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