Sunday, January 8, 2012

Boat-tailed Grackle

I photographed this male Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) at Clam Creek Picnic Area of Jekyll Island. A huge flock of males and females foraged on ground near the area parking lot. It's hard to miss it. At the first glance, I thought they were Common Grackles (here their sounds and calls  here). They made this harsh sound reminiscent of breaking sticks or ripping cloth (click this link to hear call notes of BTG) and I was sure they were not common grackles at all. I really like male's iridescent black body with this blue-greenish shine on it. I think females are also very pretty with brown through out. And if they don't flock together, people might mistakenly think female is another species.

BTG, male. Click image to enlarge
Boat-tailed Grackle is a coastal specialist and I don't get to see them at piedmont region. I was so thrilled to see them and snap them from this trip! Happy birding! - Linda

* See my other post of Boat-tailed Grackle here.


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  1. wonderful bokeh really pop up the bird ... only a bit blurred on the legs.tis time u never let super tweety down .. The guardian can go vacation now ^^ Super Tweety (SG) and Super Tweety (G)

  2. Opss i hope tis time i am right 'Grackle' not crackle...... :)) Super Tweety (SG)

  3. Thanks Super Tweety for your kind words and comment! ..2nd comment very funny :DDD


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