What’s Not To Love?
Grackle. Has there ever been a more appropriate name for a bird? Great-tailed Grackles—so common all across the metroplex—are abrasive and obnoxious in their behaviors. Their vocalizations resemble the electronic sounds of a computer modem handshake gone wrong. The word “Grackle” intimates these characteristics perfectly.
But grackles aren’t all bad. If you look at them objectively and with an open mind you may find that they can be as interesting and engaging as any other type of wildlife. Grackles can even be beautiful at times when the sun hits them just right, lighting up the iridescence in their feathers.
With the right mindset you might eventually come to like—or even love—our friend the Great-tailed Grackle… even if that is not a leap Mr. Raccoon is ready to make just yet!
Welcome to the neighborhood!
I’m often asked how there can be so many wild animals living with us in the city. To many folks it is counterintuitive… but in actuality many of our more adaptable species—including rabbits and raccoons—find urban areas and residential neighborhoods to be very good habitats. These animals not only survive in our cities and towns, but some are even able to thrive! It’s helps that a large number people have adopted more accommodating attitudes about the animals in our midst. Whenever possible most folks seem ready to live and let live. A lot of people are even able to find ways to enjoy having the wildlife around. Of course, no matter how tolerant we become, we probably would still prefer that the furry mischief makers do not come inside our homes and help themselves to our snacks, sofas, and cable TV!
What if the tables were turned?
We give animals names that are sometimes creative and original, but more often are pragmatic and sometimes even goofy. There are a LOT of different species that need names, and it’s hard to hit a home run every time. Sometimes the best you can do is the best you can do. Bird names in particular can flirt with the absurd. Refer to the list below for some vaudevillian examples…
Horned Screamer, Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler, European Shag, Rough-faced Shag, Common Loon, Red-rumped Bush-tyrant, Noisy Pitta, Spangled Drongo, Hoary Puffleg, Perplexing Scrubwren, Monotonous Lark, Noisy Friarbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Exclamatory Paradise-Whydah, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Hottentot Buttonquail, Moustached Flowerpiercer, Himalayan Snowcock, Blue-Footed Booby, Red-footed Booby, Peruvian Booby, Geelvink Megapode, Scimitar-Babbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, See-See Partridge, Orangequit, Great Potoo, Olivaceous Siskin, Chachalaca, Bananaquit, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Tawny Frogmouth, Chuck-will’s-widow, Red-billed Oxpecker, Rufescent Tiger-heron, Hammerkop, Lappet-faced Vulture, Parasitic Jaeger, Black-legged Kittiwake, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
What if the tables were turned? Would animals be anymore generous and conscientious if they could make up names for us?
Confounding the camera trapper!
Raccoons are infinitely mischievous and are utterly fascinated by the trail cameras they discover voyeurizing their habitat. Definitely a bad combination of traits as camera trappers are concerned! Rabbits are less deliberately irksome, but their casual grazing in front of the cameras still robs battery life and SD card bytes intended for the imaging of more tantalizing quarry! We want candid shots of deer and bobcats, not front yard bunnies!