Crow with an agitated Grackle below it
By: Pat Coate
On a daily basis I’ll hear the grackles, sometimes joined by the piercing alarm call of the robin, raising a ruckus. Inevitably, there will be a clearly apprehensive crow pinned down at the top of a tree withstanding a squadron of brave grackles who are taking turns dive bombing it. Eventually the crow will make a run for it and be escorted out of the territory by a grackle or two who continue their assault on the airborne crow.