Some of the species of birds that visit my backyard come in small flocks or groups. On of them being the Common Grackles.
The male, is larger than the female. Adults have a long, dark bill, pale yellowish eyes and a long tail; its feathers appear black with purple, green or blue iridescence on the head, and primarily bronze sheen in the body plumage. The adult female, beyond being smaller, is usually less iridescent; her tail in particular is shorter, and unlike the males, does not keel (display a longitudinal ridge) in flight and is brown with no purple or blue gloss. The juvenile is brown with dark brown eyes.
They may have a mean or sinister gaze but they are beautiful birds just like others that fly around in the wilderness. They just happen to be a bit too large for the average feeders.
I have fun watching them trying to adapt in the smaller bird’s domain.
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101