The Travels of Tug 44


Common Grackle






The Common Grackle is a small bird about the size of a Robin. They eat pretty much everything including bugs, caterpillars, grain, berries, and even the eggs and young of other birds. Their color is dull black and browns with bright iridescent blue on the head. They have a particularly long tail.   high-res



This one was posing for me on the shore of the Hudson River in Fort Edward.   high-res



It's breeding season and this Common Grackle is about to display. His eye in this picture is half closed, actually that's the nicitating membrane, an inner eyelid. He is also inhaling deeply, taking in as much air as he can ...   high-res



... then he closes his eyes the rest of the way, puffs out all his feathers and lets out a loud "jeeb" sound. This impresses the females, and is intended to intimidate the other males.   high-res

The Common Grackle, a blackbird in an iridescent suit.




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