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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

By teocali
Back to the archives, to our visit to Cape Cod, New England last May. This is a Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula), common and widespread, nesting in large flocks in trees, especially dense evergreens like juniper. Often lives side by side with flocks of Redwing Blackbirds. Forages for seeds and invertebrates on the ground. Best large if you have time.
Settings: F/5.6 1/3200sec -1EV ISO230 AV@700mm tripod

Thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - always very much appreciated Smile

Tags: Wildlife Usa New General Wild England Bird Cape Common Ma Massachusetts Landscape and travel Cod Wildlife and nature Grackle Quiscalus Quiscula

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
11 Jan 2011 10:08AM
What a beautiful bird, Sylvia, a glorious multiu-colour sheen to its plumage, which you have captured so well in this image. Carol

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11 Jan 2011 10:12AM
Very sharp shot, with fantastic details, also very well presented. Dusfim
Beautiful capture Sylvia

Alvar Plus
10 23 2 France
11 Jan 2011 10:20AM
Great shot. Well done.
skewey Plus
11 31 England
11 Jan 2011 10:27AM
Another stunning species Sylvia
Well Done
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
11 Jan 2011 10:33AM
A superb sharp capture Sylvia and cracking eye. Also like the low pov on this. An interesting name, is it derived from the sound it makes?
11 Jan 2011 11:05AM
Great cature!
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
11 Jan 2011 11:11AM

Quote: An interesting name, is it derived from the sound it makes?

Have tried to find out but don't think so Richard. A "grackle" can also be a type of bridle with cross-over noseband used particularly for competition horses!

The call however is very raucous, rather like crows.
Here is the rest of the Common Grackle description:-
Taken from The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America:
"Larger and heavier than blackbirds, with longer thicker bill and much larger tail with distinctive keel shape. Voice is an unmusical harsh kh-shee or khr-reezzh. Calls include short, harsh, toneless, wheezy notes. Flight call a low dry kek deeper than blackbirds. Variation of colours: Colouration of male Common Grackle varies slightly across the speciesí range. Populations nesting along the Atlantic coastal plain south of New York, known as Purple Grackle, have a uniform blue-violet or variegated multi-coloured iridescence on body and wing coverts, whilst interior populations, known as Bronzed Grackle, have a more uniform bronze sheen on body and wing coverts. Florida birds are glossy blue-violet on head and underparts with greenish back. Differences in females are less conspicuous."

11 Jan 2011 11:15AM
New one on me - great day for new bird images (and data). Much enjoyed.
8 10 10 England
11 Jan 2011 11:38AM
Good capture with excellent detail and colour.
11 Jan 2011 1:37PM
A beautiful colorful bird Sylvia!!! Perfect x x
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
11 Jan 2011 2:52PM
Beautiful colours Sylvia, he looks almost metalic............Sandy
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 3:43PM
What wonderful colours
Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
11 Jan 2011 4:10PM
Beautiful bird Sylvia. Never seen or heard of one before. Fantastic bright eye.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 5:15PM
beautiful bird, well taken picture
A fantastic bird and great capture. Well done, thanks for sharing.
Hi Sylvia, large is stunning. superb capture regards gray.
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 7:16PM
Very good shot.
11 Jan 2011 7:18PM
A superb capture Sylvia...... Barbara
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 7:15AM
What an unusual bird! Great colours and detail, wonderul eye, proud pose!
12 Jan 2011 8:12AM
An excellent shot Sylvia - caught the lovely irridescent colours very well and pin sharp detail - an unusual looking bird with an equally unusal name
DRicherby Plus
9 269 725 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:18AM
Handsome birds, these. The name seems to come from the Latin graculus — jackdaw.
dianah Plus
11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 12:31PM
Happy New Year, Sylvia ! What a beautiful image and the same for the presentation. I love the colour you have captured in the birds feathers.
12 Jan 2011 2:04PM
Superb specimen well taken. Sylvia
Gezina Plus
11 3 6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 8:33PM
Looks very much like the Starling Family in South Africa - beautifully coloured bird extremely well captured - Ina
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
22 Jan 2011 8:46PM
A fabulous shot Sylvia, like the beady eye and the beautiful irridescent colours in the plumage

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