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Old Jun 23, 2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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I am no birder but I think this is a Starling.

It was about 10 feet away in a park.
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Old Jun 23, 2008, 6:32 PM   #2
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Very nice photo.
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Old Jun 23, 2008, 8:03 PM   #3
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Thanks flutelady.

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Not sure if that is a starling. It may be, they go through some pretty dramatic changes throughout the year. I had a photo of one once that took me a long time to confirm it was a starling. I'll have to go home and take a look at my book.
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Not a Starling. Probably an immature Brewer's Blackbird -- where in California was it taken? (St. Augustine Grass says Southern, but which part?)
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Orange County, Irvine to be more precise.
This rascal was hanging out with other blackbirds, so you may be quite correct.

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It would appear then that this is not a Brewer's Blackbird, but a larger Great-tailed Grackle, the only other reasonable possibility in this area. These have expanded their range into Southern California in recent years, and are now a common sight in parks throughout LA and Orange counties. The bill looks too large for a blackbird, and so does the bird itself, which is 11" long on my 19" screen and the grass blades (I just pulled one from my yard)arreless thanlife size, so the bird is actually larger than a 9" Brewer's Blackbird (this is the first time I have ever used a blade of grass to ID a bird!). Adult males also have much longer tails than this one (probably a juvenile male) does, hence the name.
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It would appear then that this is not a Brewer's Blackbird, but a larger Great-tailed Grackle, the only other reasonable possibility in this area. These have expanded their range into Southern California in recent years, and are now a common sight in parks throughout LA and Orange counties. The bill looks too large for a blackbird, and so does the bird itself, which is 11" long on my 19" screen and the grass blades (I just pulled one from my yard)arreless thanlife size, so the bird is actually larger than a 9" Brewer's Blackbird (this is the first time I have ever used a blade of grass to ID a bird!). Adult males also have much longer tails than this one (probably a juvenile male) does, hence the name.
Grackle was my first thought also, this one is what we call a boat tail grackle. Or at least that's what I was told.

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Grackle was my first thought also, this one is what we call a boat tail grackle. Or at least that's what I was told.
They are similar but different species -- The Boat-tailed is foundEast of the Mississippi, and the Great-tailed to the West.
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Grackle was my first thought also, this one is what we call a boat tail grackle. Or at least that's what I was told.
They are similar but different species -- The Boat-tailed is foundEast of the Mississippi, and the Great-tailed to the West.
Well, see thereā€¦ I learned something new today.:-)
Penolta, you never cease to amaze me!
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