Date: 7/3/18 10:39 am From: Lynn Foster <lfoster5211...> Subject: Two questions
There's a bird outside my window that looks like a grackle, except its feathers are all a completely uniform flat dark brown, with not the slightest bit of iridescence. It has black eyes. I am assuming it is a juvenile, but I've looked at pictures and it looks a little different. It appears by itself, and not with other grackles. It has a grackle-type bill and is definitely not a cowbird. Is it a juvenile grackle? It is about the same size as a grackle, maybe a tiny bit smaller.
The grackles and bluejays in my yard perch for long periods of time with their mouths open, these days. Is this a cooling mechanism?