Grackles Eat Cheetos??
Put this in the "why don't I have my camera right now" category. On the way to work this morning, while I was waiting at a stoplight, I saw a grackle eat a Cheeto. The bird was on a low railing that usually hosts one of the roster of "hungry god bless" sign-holders. The last human denizen abandoned a bag of Cheetos there (what, not that hungry?), but this bird was not letting the trans-fats or chemical colorings put him off. Since my car is low to the ground I was about eye-level with the fine feathered fellow. He had this big ol' cheeto in his beak cross-wise, and bit by bit he worked it around til it lined up--it was about twice as long as his beak--and then he just... swallowed it. None of this pecking stuff. Apparently that's for wussy little birds like the sparrows at outdoor cafes. This guy was all about the Big Gulp. The light changed as he was tackling the bag looking for another one.
Oh, it would have been such a great picture. The grey dreary day, damp concrete and metal rail would have just fuzzed into a neutral unobtrusive background. The glossy black and blue bird would have filled the frame even with just my 2x zoom. His bright yellow eye and the shockingly orange cheeto would provide the graphic punch. Sure, it might not have turned out as well as I'm imagining it, but sometimes they do! And when am I ever going to see THAT again? (Well, I suppose I could go to a park and bait the birds with junk food, but that doesn't seem fair somehow.)