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Feeder Friday: Gifts of the Grackle?

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(WARNING: Don’t read this Feeder Friday post if you’re easily grossed out, or if it’s lunchtime.)

Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

We’ve heard the term “Gifts of the Crow” from the book by John Marzluff and Tony Angell, but what about “Gifts of the Grackle”? Nope — it’s not a thing. Uh, maybe not until this Feeder Friday…

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Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Imagine my surprise when a Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) showed up at my feeder this in its beak! Wait for it…

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Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Wait for it…

AH!

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Common Grackle. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

OK. It’s really not that big of a deal — sorry if you feel cheated. This (what appears to be a decapitated head that once belonged to some kind of herp) was not what I put in the feeder that morning — promise.

I realize that this is not actually a gift, it’s food that was probably picked up en route to the balcony. However, it was pretty neat that it was caught on camera! Say Cheese?

Any way, Happy Feeder Friday!

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