Hi everyone and welcome back! Today’s bird is the common grackle, there are 3 subspecies of this bird living in different parts of N. America, all east of the Rocky Mountains. They are one of the most common blackbirds and in fall and winter their flocks can be large, up to a million birds. A flock of grackles is called a ‘plague’. And they can be such in grain fields where they cause a lot of damage. But in summer they eat an abundance of insects, most which are harmful varieties. They nest generally in loose colonies of 20 to 40 pairs, sometimes more. They have iridescent bronze colored bodies and iridescent blue or purple heads. As you can see the one shown is the blue headed variety, I will show the purple headed variety tomorrow with more facts. Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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