04 January 2007
Why The Grackle?
When I moved away from Austin in the 90s, it was often the grackles that I remembered. They were a kind of soundtrack to my memories of the place. And when I would visit, their sounds and movements beneath the live oaks greeted me like old friends.
Now to most Austinites, the grackle is one hell of an obnoxious and annoying bird. It’s been said that I’m courageous for naming a blog after this pesty thing.
But I find grackles to be quite a bit like people: messy and obnoxious in groups, crapping everywhere and on everything, and gathering in vast parking lots in front of big box stores. And like people, they are also beautiful to behold when given some time and looked at in the right light.
They are also a reminder to me of the impact that our species has on the planet, given their propensity for urban living and recent population explosion related to human population growth.
Thus, The Grackle.