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grackle, common

Common Grackle

Another early arriver is the Common Grackle. Their raucous behavior is exemplified in the Spring when love is in the air.

grackle, common

Common Grackle

Their iridescent feathers stand out in the right lighting conditions.

An interesting tidbit about the Common Grackle is that the males fly holding their long tails diagonally during the spring breeding season only – other times during the year they hold their tail normally.

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