Date: 5/26/19 10:59 pm
From: Thomas Gilg <tom...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Fwd: Bird ID please

Looks good for a female Brewer's Blackbird. The Macaulay Library shows females that do exhibit some sheen, albeit the descriptions only pin sheen to males.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brewers_Blackbird/media-browser/67373981

--tg

-----Original Message-----
From: <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> On Behalf Of Pamela Johnston
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2019 9:34 PM
To: OBOL <obol...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Fwd: Bird ID please

Not a Cowbird, as you said, and so far I am not seeing young of the year except for Starlings, which of course it isn't, either. It is a little odd compared to what we expect to see around here!

The bill seems slightly decurved. It could just be an off-viewpoint on a female Brewer's Blackbird, but I don't quite buy that because it has a slight iridescence, while they look rather matte. As much as I like Icterids in general, I am not wise in the ways of Grackles, so really all I can do is say that Common Grackle seems possible. The tail doesn't look massive, and there is no clue to the scale of the vegetation around it.

Lots of help!

Pam Johnston
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