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This Morning Outside

by Diane Porter

June 15, 2011
Birdwatching Dot Com
Fairfield, Iowa

Common grackles sometimes pig up way more than their share of birdseed. And not everyone loves their "song," which sounds like metal scraping on metal. But the soap-bubble shine of the male's iridescent head makes a light show worth watching.

The male has a weirdly long tail, shaped like the keel of a boat. The female is smaller, browner, and without the fancy colors on her head.

Common Grackles
Photo copyright 2011 Michael and Diane Porter

—Diane Porter

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