|OTHER COMMON GRACKLES ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS|
The adorable creature featured in the pictures atop this entry is a young male Common Grackle whom I saw in Central Park this past Sunday. From his characteristics (eye color and beak shape), I had suspected the bird's ID was a young Common Grackle, but I've never seen one in this brownish coloring, so I began to doubt my judgement in determining the bird type.
I second guessed myself to the point where I wondered if this bird was a member of the avian community known as Rusty Blackbirds; although that would be highly doubtful at this time of year. Still, one never knows unless they reach out to an expert; which is what I did by contacting the amazing Amanda Remsberg.
Here's a copy of our exchange:
Me "After I saw this bird yesterday, I reached out to several people via Twitter to see if he/she is a young Common Grackle. But this morning my doubts creeped in + I began to wonder if the creature was a rustic BB. Now it seems my initial thought is correct! I did see a very young CG! Need to work at trusting my first impressions."
Amanda: "Yep! Very trusting too to be so close."
Me: "So true... re so close but he/she is young + is still trusting! PLUS my camera lens is long + I wan't that close! Is there anyway I can ID the gender?"
Amanda: "Well since he already has a glossy black chest I’d say male, usually the females have a chestnut brown chest."
I'm most grateful to know Amanda and that she is so generous with her knowedge re members of the avian community. Moreover, I was extremely grateful to spend time observing this young grackle.
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