Draw a Bird Day: Grackle

grackle photo s

Every beach vacation comes with its own bird. One year it was mockingbirds, one year a very vocal cardinal.  One year, crows.

This year we were accompanied by grackles. They would sit on the railing of the beach house speaking in their rusty tongue, lined up like soldiers. If one turned, all turned.  Once they saw someone was paying attention they would vocalize a bit more and suddenly disappear.

On the beach they appeared ahead of my walking path and waited for me, foraging in the waves. As soon as I caught up, they flew off ahead again.

Although it’s natural to see their iridescent strutting as a variation on crows, grackles are actually part of the lark family, related also to blackbirds and orioles.

But they do have a connection to crows—all back birds are said to know magic, to live on the borders of the possible unknown.

standing on the edge
between water and shoreline,
feathers glittering,

you pause, watch me watching you–
our eyes meet through layered light

grackle close up s

For Colleen’s #TankaTuesday, poet’s choice of words, a haibun.

Draw-a-Bird Day is placeholding here at method two madness each month until Nina returns.  You can find me at https://kblog.blog/ in the meantime.

I’ve also linked to dVerse Open Link night.

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75 responses to “Draw a Bird Day: Grackle”

  1. Claudia McGill says :

    This bird you have painted is surely full of magic inside and out.

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  2. hhennenburg says :

    I love this. The poem and the painting.

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  3. Frank Hubeny says :

    That’s a beautiful bird and watercolor. Those black birds of all kinds seem to be “on the borders of the possible unknown”.

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  4. Jane Dougherty says :

    I’d love that bird for its name alone! Now I’m going to look up grackles.

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  5. Charmed Chaos says :

    What lovely words and a beautiful painting!

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  6. rivrvlogr says :

    Their interactions can be entertaining, but they can be as noisy as hell. I’ve always admired that blue sheen.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Yes, many consider them pests. We don’t have them in the city–perhaps starlings occupy their niche. But we used to always see them at my parents’ house in Arizona. They are handsome birds.

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  7. tref says :

    I love the colors. Well done.

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  8. Jill Kuhn says :

    Love your bright, intensity of color, especially that blue in your Grackle! 😃 They do have a way of looking into our eyes…

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  9. Beverly Crawford says :

    I was intrigued by your words “all black birds are said to know magic” and I’m curious about the source. We have neighboring crows and their habits fascinate me. Thank you for sharing your grackle experiences!!

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    • memadtwo says :

      If you look for the symbolism of birds (and I often do), black birds are always associated with magic and transitional spaces. Crow especially. Just google bird symbolism, there’s a wealth of interesting associations.

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  10. Colleen Chesebro says :

    I’m a bird lover/watcher/communicator/feeder… LOL! I absolutely adore your Haibun Tanka. You’ve managed to capture the spirit of the Grackle. I do love their “rusy” voices. I have a spot in my creative room that painting, Kerfe. I really love this entire piece. ❤

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  11. Colleen Chesebro says :

    Reblogged this on The Sisters of the Fey and commented:
    Spend some time with the ‘magical’ Grackle! Painting and poetry by Kerfe. Can’t you feel the energy?

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  12. msjadeli says :

    You’ve captured the essence of the grackle in word and paint. What fun and mystical spirits to share beach vaca with.

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  13. Grace says :

    Love the artwork and poem!

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  14. Jennifer Wagner says :

    This delighted me, especially since I am fascinated by birds.

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  15. Poet Rummager says :

    Hypnotic haiku…. your art and words pull me right in.

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  16. Carol A. More says :

    The most stunningly beautiful grackle I’ve ever seen! You’ve changed my opinion of these birds!

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  17. merrildsmith says :

    Somehow I missed this one earlier in the week. I love the poem–especially those final two lines, and the art, too. The Oracle must have been whispering because my musings today ended with similar lines.

    I like these noisy birds–grackles and crows. Some bird woke me up this morning. I thought a man was laughing outside. 🙂

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  18. jazzytower says :

    Sounds like they were chatting among themselves as they led you along the shore. The things we don’t know could make really good stories:) I could see it and feel it. Nicely done K. Congrats on your honorable mention:) Your art work is superb as usual:)

    Pat R

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  19. robtkistner says :

    Thank you for sharing this for OLN Kerfe. Engaging read, and well written.Nice bird!

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  20. Bela Johnson says :

    Love this. The closest we have to crows and grackles are mynah birds. My husband calls them to crows of Hawaii. Though you make a point with the magic part of those black birds. I had a special affinity to ravens, which I have written a bit about over the years I spent in New England and New Mexico. I will include a link to one of those poems if you’d like. Enjoy communion with the black birds. They are indeed special. 🌺

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  21. Dave Kingsbury says :

    ‘Feathers glittering’ in poem and painting – that iridescent quality well-captured. And that eye’s intelligence …

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  22. D. Wallace Peach says :

    What a beautiful painting! I love the way you captured the iridescence in the feathers. And I agree, they’re magical, as well as clever. 🙂

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  23. Suzanne says :

    I love your haiku about grackles and the explanation of their metaphysical meaning. Your little painting looks quite magical too.

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  24. Luanne says :

    I want to do that!

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  25. Susanne says :

    Grackles are magical to me because they are harbingers of spring. Love your description of their “rusty voices”. Absolutely spot-on.

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  26. stevetanham says :

    I’m going to have to study how you do these… I’m trying teach myself to ‘paint’ on the iPad using the Adobe paint app and its hard!

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    • memadtwo says :

      I haven’t done much on the computer. It’s a different “hand” but people get some wonderful results.
      I always do layers, and combine all different kinds of paint–watercolor, metallic, gouache, sometimes acrylic too. I’ve come to like the sumi brush best, although I used to use tiny brushes a lot. Just keep working at it, and something will click.

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  27. rothpoetry says :

    Beautiful post! Is the bird painting your own work? Love it.

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  28. Janette Bendle says :

    Amazing in all counts. Very talented

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  29. Victoria C. Slotto says :

    You bird art leaves me in awe. I subscribe to Birds and Blooms magazine with the intention of leading my art efforts in that direction. Now if only I could manage to better use my time to fit it in. The colors in yours are so wonderfully vivid. You inspire me.

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  30. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Lovely painting, Marta. The bird seems to be magical and great poem.😊😊😊😊😊

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  31. Tiffany Choong says :

    What a lovely painting

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