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not a grackle ?
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Posted By: pichaser, 11-09-2019, 07:56 AM

We have some of these in our neck of the woods.

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11-09-2019, 08:15 AM   #2
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It's a brown headed cowbird, common nuisances in most areas! They raid feeders enmasse and will empty one in no time. they are also brood parasites laying their eggs in other bird's nest to let the other bird raise their young! Nice shot, BTW!
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Looks like a female red winged black bird. kind of soft focus so hard to tell, but tail feathers not long enough to be a grackle. Female grackles are brown all over, not just the head.

My first thought was cow bird, but didn't think of brown headed.



Good try though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
Looks like a female red winged black bird. kind of soft focus so hard to tell, but tail feathers not long enough to be a grackle. Female grackles are brown all over, not just the head.

My first thought was cow bird, but didn't think of brown headed.

Good try though.

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Female red-winged black birds, like many females, are entirely shades of brown {my theory is that makes them less visible when sitting on eggs}. This is a male brown-headed cowbird, which is actually just another breed of blackbird.

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I thought a grackle was something out of Harry Potter...
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I thought a grackle was something out of Harry Potter...
We have a lot of Grackles around here - but they are black, somewhat fluorescent birds, with yellow eyes ..... they do look like something mysterious I guess.
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Female red-winged black birds, like many females, are entirely shades of brown {my theory is that makes them less visible when sitting on eggs}. This is a male brown-headed cowbird, which is actually just another breed of blackbird.
I know. I thought about my answer after Larry posted.
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The shadow on the bird's eye is disturbing

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