Date: 5/10/20 11:07 pm From: hdpratt (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Bronzed Grackle in Wake Co NC
I had a striking Common Grackle at my feeders in Cary, Wake Co., NC this afternoon. It was what used to be called the “Bronzed” Grackle when it was considered a separate species. Bronzed and Purple grackles were lumped as the Common Grackle in the 1950s when it was found that there is gene flow between them over a broad front that runs roughly from Pa to LA, as I recall. The Bronzed is a stunning bird with a shiny blue head sharply set off from a brassy bronze back. Birds of the Carolinas says it is a "transient, mostly in the western counties", and Wake Co. seems pretty far east. I have lived at this address for 14 years and have only seen purple grackles before, so this bird really stood out.
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