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Posted by WiseAcre on Aug 3rd, 2011


Aug 3

Nothing beats a small waterfalls and a shallow rock littered pool to attract dirty birds.

This waterfalls is part of the project I helped with to obtain my latest Rock Ranger. When I went back to take some photos I caught a pair of Grackles taking a bath. First the male flew in.

Grackle – Quiscalus quiscula

male and female Grackles bathing

Then a female joined him.

male and female Grackles bathing

The male ‘showered’ and left quickly while the female stayed behind to freshen up a bit more.

female Grackle

Let me zoom in for a closer look at the bathing beauty

female grackle bathing beauty

She dove in and with one last flurry put on the finishing touchs.

female Grackle bathing


Now you know where the title of this post came from.

This waterfalls was part of the job I helped with to obtain my latest Rock Ranger. All I really needed to do was to set the sandstone slabs for the patio. The contracted landscaper (EarthWorks) had laid out the general outline, excavated the area and provided a strong back to lug the slabs to me. The strong back proved to be more than capable and I let him finish the work once I had setting done. He did a good job of filling in the holes.

The BFR in the foreground is one of the little finishing touchs I added.
patio on Park Street

Stepping back from the waterfalls the stream comes into view. Just to mention – the waaterfalls and stream are fed by a solar pond pump. It doesn’t flow at night or on cloudy days (about 4 hours on battery pack) but it sure beats paying the eletric company.

park street stream

Stepping back even farther the pond comes into view.

pond and stream


I was feeling a bit grACKlish myself lately. I had a bout with Diverticulitis and nearly lost. I’m feeling much better now but no where near normal. After 8 days of a clear liquid diet I admit I’m still a bit fuzzy headed and weak as a dead kitten. Just writting this post has exhausted me. Time to sign off and take a nap 🙂

9 Responses

  1. Emma Springfield Says:

    I hope a full recovery for you soon. Your stonework is astounding. Your waterfall looks like it is in the wild. Perfection.

  2. Elephant's Eye Says:

    Bounce back soon. Hope you are enjoying eating again.

  3. rainfield Says:

    I am awake while you are taking a snap.

    I am peeping.

  4. Randy Says:

    WA, Hope you get back to normal as soon as possible. That is as normal as you can get my friend. Grackles are fun to watch aren’t they. I had one land on the open window of my car while sitting in the car eating a sandwich.

  5. Ratty Says:

    I always liked grackles. That little waterfall is about as big as they come where I am. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  6. http://www.jumpstart.com/parents/activities/math-activities Says:

    Lovely pictures and awesome photography.

  7. Curbstone Valley Farm Says:

    I’m loving the pond, it looks beautiful. The female grackle looks like she needs a hairdryer and a brush though 😉 Hope you’re feeling back to normal soon!

  8. Louise Says:

    I hope that you’re feeling better. I have to agree with the others, you do marvelous work with rocks. How I would love to have a little stream like that flowing in my yard.

  9. sharkbytes Says:

    the waterfall is beautiful- I think grackles are good looking birds even if they can be a bit pestiferous.