Steve’s Bird Of The Day #30.

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.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

23 Comments on “Steve’s Bird Of The Day #30.

  1. Since grackles eat a lot of harmful insects I will have to start liking them…they are not a favourite bird of mine…rest well ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜ΊπŸ€”β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • They can be a pest at the feeder, they like to take over. But they can get friendly too and surprisingly, like the blue jays, they will help the smaller birds in the area by keeping other nasty birds away.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΈπŸ“·

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    • They are an interesting bird. I have seen them many times helping other birds chase away a predator. Like helping some robins protect their nest from crows. Apparently they say that grackles will at times prey on the eggs or young of other birds, but I have never seen it yet, even when they know a nest is there. Have a wonderful day Jo and thanks for stopping by!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒž

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