Common Grackle
(Quiscalus guiscula)

Crooked River - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 by: Helen Carson
We saw this beautifully iridescent bird at the feeders, that hung around long enough for me to get some good pictures. Luckily it was a sunny day.

The new bird at the feeders was this large blackbird that stayed for only two days. Perhaps on his way through to a more south-westerly climate.

The Common Grackle is a very iridescent, yellow-eyed bird, larger than a Robin. Its beautiful colours of purple and blue on the head, and deep bronze on the back that pick up in bright sunlight.

This is the second time we have seen one here, in several years. In breeding season they range through Canada and the U.S., mainly east of the Rockies.


Helen Carson


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