Guest Author - Lisa Shea
The Common Grackle, or Quiscalus quiscula, is usually looked down on by birders. Boring black, no song, it doesnīt seem to have much to offer.
The photo above is of a grackle mommy (to the right) who is feeding the baby (to the left)
Still, the colors of this bird can be shimmery when hit by the sunlight, and itīs good at warning other birds when there are predators in the area. Itīll help drive away hawks if they are present.
You can tell grackles from other birds by their bronzish body and the bright yellow ring around the eye. If comparing with a blackbird, which has the yellow ring, note that a grackleīs beak is longer.
Grackles will eat just about anything you put out.
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Photos by Lisa Shea