Grackles, You Cant Live with 'em - You can't live without 'em - They are a PROTECTED SPECIES
I have been plagued by a small flock of about 7 huge black grackles , which are black crows that have arrived in North Texas recently and have not bothered ever to leave. I wish they would. So far they have invaded every garden plot I have made, eating every single seed I planted, and pecked off the red roses, the yellow roses and pecked a dead squirrel that landed in our front yard that I had to immediately dispose of.
I wanted to find a way to chase them off but the scare crow did not work! I mean, I stuffed an old long sleeve shirt and pants and put on gloves and old shoes and a hat and sat it in a reclining plastic lawn chair but they just looked at it with curiosity as they continued to peck at the ground and fly about our back yard, still chasing squirrels and smaller birds.
So I Googled it. Nothing good. The county of Dallas, TX says that the grackle is a protected bird in the state of Texas and it is a crime to kill them. But it says you can report it if it becomes a nuisance. Well they are but if I call, who would I call? The Dallas Bird Catchers Association? No such animal.
So, I stopped putting out a water dish , thinking that might deter them but no it did not. They still come around. It sometimes looks like a scene from the Hitchcock movie THE BIRDS.
So, I figure I have one more course of action. I can build an enclosure out of wood and screen wire and put a door on one side and cover the top and sides completely with the screen wire and that will still let the sunshine in and I can place some raised beds around on either side and grow at least some tomatoes. I know it will cost a bit more to buy supplies but it seems that all I have now is time, since the covid-19 pandemic has made it obvious I am not going anywhere any time soon.
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