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Grackle on one leg

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Grackle Standing on One Leg 8308

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While there was still a little daylight left on December 15th, 2013, I drove over to the Fiesta supermarket on Interstate 35, where I’d recently noticed that quantities of grackles, Quiscalus mexicanus, were gathering each evening and spending the night perched in trees in the parking lot.

Most of the birds weren’t in the trees yet, and some were scavenging on the pavement in the parking lot for food that a few shoppers inevitably drop. Why this grackle was standing on one leg, I don’t know. I did see it put the other one down when it walked short distances, but then it went back to balancing on this single leg again. About six weeks later, in the parking lot of a supermarket in a different part of town, I saw another grackle standing like this. I wonder what’s up (in addition to the other leg).

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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