Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pssst....Mr. Grackle

Psst.....Mr. Grackle!

Are you talking to me?

Yes, come over here. I want to make a deal with you!

Here's the deal Mr. Grackle. I haven't been getting many birds in my backyard. Just a handful of sparrows, Bob the mourning dove and you. I want you to spread the word to the cardinals, nuthatches and anyone else you come across that I have some new feeders and to come visit me!

And of course you will be rewarded in peanuts! Here you go!


Jayne said...

Did you also tell him that as part of the deal he can't bring 100 of his friends? :c)

The Birdlady said...

Jayne got it right on this one. That's the problem with grackles - they have suck a flock mentality. Very cute post.

Gardener's Garden said...

This one really cracked me up and went well with my morning coffee. Thanks so much for a good laugh!

Lynne said...

Cute one!

fishing guy said...

Shelly: Very nicely done with the grackle. Just remember, build it and they will come.

Bird Girl said...

This is such a riot - but beware girl...don't make a deal with the devil - haha!

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh Shelley, you simply cannot trust a grackle. He'll be back with birds all right...dozens of grackles.

Richard said...

Bird bribing again? I think that may be a federal offense...:-)

Knatolee said...

I dunno, I am starting to think he's the one who knocked the head off St. Francis!

MuseSwings said...

I hope your deal is successful as he is getting a peanut!

HANNIBAL said...

Mr. Grackle has alot of friends, so be careful what you wish for...Mr. Cardinal doesn't like him or his friends at all! Good luck! Cute post!

Kirk said...

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Shellmo said...

Jayne - you just reminded me!

Birdlady - it was definitely unusual to see this one by himself!

Gardener - glad you appreciate my crazy humor!

Lynne - thanks!

Fishing guy - one of my fave movies - field of dreams!!

Birdgirl - you might be right about that...uh oh!

NC - but I'm desperate! :-)

Richard - was a friendly suggestion...yes..that's it!

Knatolee - well he was in the vicinity too!!

Muse - I told him there's more from where that came from!

Hannibal - I would definitely defer to the cardinal!

Kirk - quite a long post there! I will check out your site.

Nick S said...

funny things aren't they. We usually get a few in our yard this time of year.

Eve said...

Ha Ha!! I hope that works Shelley...but most likely he'll just bring his kin folk!!!

Leedra said...

Such clear photographs, you always do so good with the birds.

Onedia Hayes Sylvest said...

I like Grakles, just saying the name is fun.