Friday, February 14, 2014

Black and White Friday

Almost all of the color has been drained away.  The color plug was pulled and only charcoal bits and pieces remain for the camera's eye.  But this charcoal is busy and flighty and feisty.  It has a hidden fire that warms the heart looking for any energy these days.  While the nasty fight for survival puts off the small colored friends, I feel that these also have their place in this gray, brown and black world that surrounds me.  At morning time there were over a hundred that filled the trees above.

They are red-winged black birds and common grackles, of course.  The grackles are the top dog in this match.  Their yellow-eyed demonic glare, fuzzy through my window, puts off all but the most predatory.


Both species have trouble with the traditional bird feeder designed for smaller birds.  Eating is a balancing awkward ballet above the ground al la Cirque de Soleil, but all that they spill is welcomed by those on the wet snowy ground below.

And a close up reveals that the new black is really made up of many colors!

9 comments:

Granny Annie said...

Isn't it amazing to think you know the color of a bird and then to get up close and personal and see that it is such a multitude of blended colors?

Brian Miller said...

ha. i like the new black...and the little flashes of color like those res and white racing stripes...against the black...

joeh said...

They can be nasty birds, but they do change colors with the sun.

Celia said...

Love to watch them carry on.

Red said...

These critters come in huge flocks so are very noticeable. They rarely show up at feeders here.We see them at feeders for a day or two in the fall.

ellen abbott said...

grackles are loud and obnoxious but so gorgeous when the sun hits them. we don't get red winged blackbirds here but I have seen them on the river in Big Bend.

messymimi said...

They can be pretty, although they fight and can be so mean.

Kat said...

Great shots!
Grackles are such sassies (not as bad as the crows, though). We have so many of them around here.

Bob Bushell said...

The first one is greatest, wowee, the whole are superb.