It was cold but beautiful in Dallas yesterday so I took a walk. I encountered a large group of Great - tailed Grackles as I approached the lake. As I neared them they parted like the Red Sea for me. (The picture shows a male Great-tailed Grackle making a grackling noise.)

Jan 8, 2022 · 12:05 AM UTC

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A few seconds later, I noticed a sizable group of Grackles flying around, murmuration style. While watching them, a group of the recently passed Grackles flew past my head on the right side. While I was taking this in, a second group passed on the left side.
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Encounters with nature, like this one, can sometimes feel like religious experiences.
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Replying to @HalMarshall2309
I can hear him!! 😃
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It’s a distinctive call, isn’t it?
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Replying to @HalMarshall2309
What a wonderful name, grackle. I don’t think we get them in BC.
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I understand the name has a latin root related to clearing the throat. That sort of describes their common call, but undersells the volume.
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Replying to @HalMarshall2309
Gorgeous capture, Hal! The grackles are ubiquitous around Austin. Have you been in Austin's new, main library? There's a marvelous grackle clock called "Caw": christianmoeller.com/CAW
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I haven’t had the pleasure. There used to be a bookstore just off the Drag called “The Grackle.” Austin was my first experience with grackles.