This is a picture of a Great-tailed Grackle that loves to mess up the symmetry of the Italian cypress.
Also, a white winged dove (I know some don't like this bird) sitting on the sand castle. Hmm guess the grackle wouldn't share the italian cypress.
The female Grackles that have a nest in my neighbors tree dive bomb me when the young are starting to fledge. On top of being unexpected and frightening...it hurts :O
I've started an listing on my blog of the birds that visit my yard and it gets more views than even Larry does.
Fishie, I too have been dive bombed by the ungrateful grackles. I have been known to take a broom out to my garden for defense. The picture you took of them is perfect. I can hear the squawk coming out of them.
Thanks! I just wish it were clear. It was pretty comical to watch, that baby was really hopping up and down and screaming :)
They are the loudest screamers in the orphan care area. Our first one came in last Tuesday, I could hear him clear across the parking lot and he was still a little naked guy!
The males make a noise just like the keypad on our front door. Jaz goes crazy and runs to the door thinking someone is coming in...lol
Most likely a green heron; are you near the Gilbert Riparian Preserve?
Interesting! Thanks for the ID. I'd been thinking some kind of kormorant. I'm south of Warner between Cooper and Gilbert Rd., so have the canal just to the east, and manmade lakes over at the Civic Center and residential areas to the north. We see a lot of great blue herons and a good size flock great white herons spent the afternoon over by Civic Center a few months ago. An egret cruised through winter before last which was really cool. Can't imagine ever having a backyard fish pond in these environs!
Crista, wow what a neck on that bird. It definitely looks like it was designed to swallow something big. Fishie, I imagine you wouldn't want to see that in your yard. Tinght I was walking through my garden and saw a cute little humming bird. He was resting on my clematis vine that finally decided to bloom. I think he was taking a rest from the crazy wind. Unfortunately, I din't have my camera.
We've been lucky that the ducks just visit and don't stay. Some people get ducks who decide to nest in their yards....which in of itself is no biggie, but duck poop is messy.
Oh, but once those eggs hatch, it becomes a BIG problem!!! Discourage them from nesting every time if they act like they are looking for a cozy spot.
I was at a wedding reception last week held in the back yard of a very nice home. A momma duck had her 4 babies swiming in the pool. The owners put a ramp in the pool for the babies. They would jump in...swim to the ramp and climb out and start all over. I can't imagine the poo factor though :(
I brought home some Indian Runner ducks for my mom a couple years ago. She had a peacock, but it ran away, so I thought the ducks might be good replacement. When I got them home, I let them loose in the backyard and my normally calm husband was MAD! Then the ducks jumped in the pool and started romancing. He was furious. I however laughed my but off.
I've heard that duck eggs are lower in cholesterol than chicken eggs.
The chemicals in pools are harmful to baby ducks! There is no food for them in there, so they have to be fed outside of the pool, but still go in the pool for water, which has chemicals. They poo in the water, so people put more chemicals in and this causes even more problems for the babies. When the babies are small, they are unable to get out of the water to get something to eat.
The key is to catch the Momma first, then go after the babies. Relocate them to a local park with a nice lake and they will do fine. Do not catch the babies and relocate them to a lake without their Momma, they will die. Even a large box, propped up on a stick (with a string tied to the stick), with cereal (cornflakes, cheerios, granola or popcorn, oatmeal) under the box will work. Set it up for a day or two, so that Momma gets used to going under there and eating, then spring the trap by yanking on the string. She will be trapped under the box, reach under it and grab her, then get the babies with the pool skimmer or put a lawn chair half in, half out of the water, so they can use it as a way to get out of the pond. Take the family to a local lake.
Susie, you should know the Indian Runner ducks found a good home (not in my pool or anyone elses).
Crista, I have to deal with a lot Turkeys here in Phx. Mostly at work of course. LOL
We had a couple of pairs of ducks hatch young at work several years back. It was wonderful for a few years watching the babies grow up, until they all decided to stay and not migrate. Any new plantings in the patios with grass & plants got gobbled up and stomped through, then during the spring the males started gang-raping the females in the duck-friendly patios (it's a one-story hospital, almost all the patient rooms look out on a patio)- it became a really messy mob scene. Then the groundskeepers kept getting attacked by ducks who were setting on nests when they got too near- got to be too much, that and the duck droppings all over the sidewalks. They became an unruly, ungrateful, unwelcome mob.
Graet pic Val. It's fun to watch the chicks grow and venture out with flying lessons :)
While in the Baltic, I noticed the crows in Sweden had a little grey area on the back of their head and shoulders; as we traveled to Finland, the grey area got bigger and in Russia it became a full blown saddle. Unfortunately, I couldn't get any of them to stay still long enough to get photos, but I did finally get one of a magpie, which I saw throughout the Baltic and they all looked the same; this one was in Copenhagen.
Well, at my work we have turkeys, vultures, boobies, tits, pigeons, cuckoos, and buzzards. But we have a lot of animal wildlife, too.
Wow Eileen! Where do you work? Sounds like a cool place....considering the wildlife, I mean.