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Grackles on McDonald's Golden Arch 1390

Even the familiar golden arches were begrackled at the southwest quadrant of US 183 and Braker Lane near dusk on January 23rd. (That sentence came to S.S. semi-sleeping around 2 A.M. on the 24th.) Also begrackled was the structure at the base of the so-called golden but actually yellow arches.

Grackle on Sign 1344

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 3, 2016 at 5:00 AM

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  1. Love the title and the vibrancy here 🙂 The top ones look quite shiny, so is the bottom one a female or young adult?


    February 3, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    • I know very little about birds, but I think you’re right that the one in the second photograph is a female or possibly an immature bird.

      The bright yellow, blue, and red appealed to me too. The combination made me wonder if any countries have those three colors on their flag. I found that some do.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2016 at 7:48 AM

  2. I am ok with the grackles being on the arches, as long as they are not on the menu. 🙂

    Mike Powell

    February 3, 2016 at 5:35 AM

    • I think the outdoor drive-through has a posted menu, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find a grackle on it from time to time.

      As for the way you intended your comment, in theory we could ask why one sort of bird (a grackle) should be more objectionable than another (a chicken).

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2016 at 7:52 AM

  3. If enough of them perch there, the arches will be golden no longer. They will be black and white.


    February 3, 2016 at 6:13 AM

    • You can already see some white on the arches in the top picture. Grackle droppings are a problem in places where the birds habitually roost in Austin. Here’s an account by a former student at the University of Texas (who somehow made it through college without learning the difference between its and it’s):


      (“The Gift of the Grackle” is a parody of the title of the story “The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, who lived for several years in Austin.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM

      • What a pity the grackles can’t be coerced to open fields to provide fertiliser. It’s wasted on the pavements!


        February 3, 2016 at 9:24 PM

  4. I’m lovin’ it!


    February 3, 2016 at 6:43 AM

  5. Super nice, primary colors and birds, most interesting combo!


    February 3, 2016 at 7:11 AM

  6. Each spring, big flocks of your grackles move north with brief stops in IA. We see them in the fall upon their return. Do they winter there or farther south?

    Jim Ruebush

    February 3, 2016 at 7:32 AM

  7. Overheard at the fly-through: “Can I get flies with that?”


    February 3, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    • And perhaps you’ve heard the old joke about the Chinese restaurant that served flied lice.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2016 at 9:10 AM

  8. They really are everywhere! 😉


    February 3, 2016 at 10:44 AM

  9. Haha, gift of the grackles….


    February 3, 2016 at 11:04 AM

  10. Excelentes fotografías, me gusta mucho el contraste de colores de la primera imagen.

  11. I might guess them to be attracted to all the dropped burger bun bits in the parking lot. Good vantage to spot Big Mac orts.

    Steve Gingold

    February 4, 2016 at 4:38 AM

  12. Begrackled and bespeckled.


    February 4, 2016 at 9:33 AM

  13. So much vibrancy .. McGrackles …😀


    February 5, 2016 at 2:22 AM

  14. Birds! Great photos, and I was fascinated by the vibrant yellow (and red too). 🙂


    February 5, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    • I’m a big fan of vibrancy. It makes the heart vibrate.
      In a couple of days, different birds will be flying in.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 5, 2016 at 3:19 PM

  15. Good to see McDs supporting the local wildlife. I hope the deposits the birds leave annoy the Company as much as discarded rubbish from their customers annoys many of us!


    February 5, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    • I’m pretty sure any support by McDonald’s for this kind of wildlife is purely unintentional.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 5, 2016 at 3:21 PM

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