True, the Grackle, is gregarious and a poor but spirited singer (I've been fooled more than once by the Grackle's ability to mimic other birds). While they likely don't garner a big fan club, I still find them fascinating. Part of the reason I suspect is their hardiness and resourcefulness. I was treated to quite an aerial display on a recent outing as pairs of Red-winged Blackbirds aggressively defended they territory among the cat tails against these slightly larger icterids. Here, one stops for a rest on a roadside fence.