Date: 7/3/18 11:25 am
From: Jay Jones <jonesjay62...>
Subject: Re: Two questions
Sounds like you’ve correctly guessed the bird was a juv Common Grackle. Did you notice the bill was lighter colored than adults?

As to your second assumption, again correct! Bills agape indicate a hot bird.

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> On Jul 3, 2018, at 12:38 PM, Lynn Foster <lfoster5211...> wrote:
>
> Dear Birders,
>
> 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?
>
> Thanks in advance, and I love this listserv.
>
> Lynn Foster
> NW of Pinnacle Mtn
>
>
 
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