May 2015


The male Common Grackle was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin

The male Common Grackle was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin

The female Common Grackle was photographed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The female Common Grackle was photographed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The juvenile Common Grackle was photographed at Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina

The juvenile Common Grackle was photographed at Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina

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The Common Grackle is an iridescent blackbird larger than a Robin with a long wedge-shaped tail and a long heavy bill. The male has an iridescent purple head and a deep bronze or dull purple on the back. The female Common Grackle has a duller purple head and a browner, less iridescent on the back. The juvenile Common Grackle is a dull brown with various spotting depending on whether it is male or female. Depending on how the light hits the bird it may look almost black. It has a range of Canada and the United States east of the Rockies. It has a habitat of farmland, towns, groves, and streamsides. It feeds on insects of all types, worms, crayfish, other birds, and vegetable matter, such as berries and seeds. They are often seen nesting in small colonies and perching together in treetops.

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The Veery was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin during bird migration.

The Veery was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin during bird migration.

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The Veery is a uniform brown or tawny cast above with no strong eye ring and few or indistinct spots on the breast. It has grayish tones on the flanks. It has a range of southern Canada, and north and central United States. It has a habitat of damp and deciduous woods. It concentrates in woods with leafy understory and streams. It feeds on mostly insects and berries.

The Greater Antillean Bullfinch was photographed on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in The Bahamas.

The Greater Antillean Bullfinch was photographed on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in The Bahamas.

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The Greater Antillean Bullfinch is all black with a short red supercilum, throat and undertail coverts. It has a large bill size. It has a range of the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Hispaniola. It has habitats of secondary vegetation, and mangroves. It was formerly present in Florida, but is no longer present except as an escape. It feeds on seeds, nuts, and hard fruits.