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Common Grackle (Eastern versicolor)

Quiscalus quiscula


The noisy Grackles joined the migrants in the back garden (shot from my office window) Great iridescent hues of blue and green /bronze on the back. Length 32 cm (12.5 inch) Wingspan 43cm (17 inch) They seem noisier now than the Jays.


Woodland - fields and parks.

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MaryEvans2 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting. Grackles are one of my favorites

MickGrant 8 years ago

Thanks Melissa - I have managed to travel a lot during work projects, but enjoy learning about wildlife close to my home. Work seemed to get in the way previously. Thanks Project Noah for encouraging my couriosity!

MelissaFerguson 8 years ago

I am sure you will find many wonderful places to visit, including Amish Country in Adams county!

MickGrant 8 years ago

Thanks Melissa - Yes we moved into this region from Idaho and enjoy the wildlife, hiking and the river people. We head through that route for excellent ice-cream in Georgetown on a warm day. Today 60f waiting for the rain.

MelissaFerguson 8 years ago

Nice series of photographs, Mick. I've always thought this bird had some beautiful colours! I have family in Brown County...I used to live on old 68 near Horseshoe Bend....I've always thought the area was beautiful!

MickGrant 8 years ago

Thanks everyone I am so lucky to have a house with a hill above me. The colours of this bird is beautiful and I met Geoff Hill at a symposium this last weekend. He clarified how colour is shown to us. There ia a National Geographic book that he has written that describes the methods birds use dispalying pigment. Worth a read!

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Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Great photos!

LauraMaria 8 years ago

What a shot! A very beautiful bird, love that cobalt coloured head... such a brilliant colour!

MickGrant 8 years ago

Yes our seed feeders have emptied, snow showers today - every creature is hungry.

KarenL 8 years ago

I'm watching several dozen of these guys emptying all my feeders at the moment!

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Ripley, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Mar 1, 2012
Submitted on Mar 4, 2012

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