Another species which just happen to have returned to my backyard are the Common Grackles. These larger birds with long legs are a bit awkward, they are also voracious and love to mess up any kind of feeders because the awkward clumsiness. Their dark bodies in contrast with their white eyes with a black pupil make them appear to be mad and have an eerie look.
They are very gregarious birds and usually fly in groups. They have adapted very well to urban areas and backyard feeders.
Their plumage colors vary from brown when young to purple, black , green and have at times iridescent colors.
They may not be very popular in the rank of pretty birds but they possess a special beauty when seen up close.
“They move and act like awkward clowns”
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101