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Letter: Just wondering about the bird in the background

Billy Joe Fudge writes:
Is that a Crow, Blackbird, Grackle, etc. in the background? Hard to say from the photo.
Thanks for asking. That's a Boat-tailed Grackle in the blurred background. There are so many of them along the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga that it was tough to get a photo without one.

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Birds: Tricolored Heron



2023-03-03 - Lake Tohopekaliga, FL - Photo by Pen.
All About Birds says about the tricolored heron, "This fairly small heron wades through coastal waters in search of small fish... Angsty teenagers aren't just a human phenomenon. As Tricolored Herons get older they often lunge and snap at their parents when they arrive at the nest with food. To appease the youngsters, parents greet them with bows."

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Birds: Boat-tailed Grackle



2023-03-04 - Lake Tohopekaliga, FL - Photo by Pen.
According to the All About Birds entry for the Boat-tailed Grackle, "Along the western Gulf Coast, Boat-tailed Grackles have dull, brownish eyes. Along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf Coast west to Mississippi, Boat-tailed Grackles have bright yellow eyes."

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Birds: Female Boat-tailed Grackle



2023-03-04 - Lake Tohopekaliga, FL - Photo by Pen.
A female Boat-tailed Grackle, spotted on a recent trip to Florida. The grackles were plentiful in the park along the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga.

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