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Old Jul 22, 2004, 11:45 AM   #1
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The local feeder at the coffee shop:
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More here: http://heather2.smugmug.com/gallery/171071/1/6429652

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Old Jul 22, 2004, 6:43 PM   #2
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You have a house sparrow and a grackle.
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 8:30 PM   #3
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Actually, I believe it's a house sparrow and a brewer's blackbird! :-)
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 8:35 PM   #4
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Nope what we have here is our Commom Grackle - very common. TWcoffey is right. Our neighborhood is loaded with Starlings too. I was sure it wasn't a Starling but forgot what it really was - it is black :-) Brewer's blackbirds are a bit plumper. Read all about it, http://www.pestcontrol-products.com/grackle.htm. It does have irridescent plumage. Nice looking pest bird.
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 8:42 PM   #5
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SoOregon, do you live in southern Oregon? If so,it is very doubtful that this bird is a Common Grackle as grackle records from Oregon are very rare (a few reports each year filter in on the Audubon Rare Bird sightings list - here's one from June 4th). West of the Rocky Mountains this would be a Brewer's Blackbird (distinguished from the Rusty Blackbird by the purple irridescent gloss on the head feathers).
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 9:00 PM   #6
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Yes I do live in Southern Oregon. We've got a Brewer's Blackbird. Now I'll change my description again on the gallery. My Oregon bird book only has the Brewer's.:?
BTW, I can't figure this out, how do you post a photo directly to the board?
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 9:16 PM   #7
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SoOregon wrote:
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BTW, I can't figure this out, how do you post a photo directly to the board?
Instead of pressing the Insert Link icon in the toolbar of the edit message window, press the Insert Image icon. In the dialog that comes up, enter the url of the image at smugmug that you want to see visible in your message.

BTW, when I originally moved out to Oregon 20 years ago from the east coast, I also just assumed these were grackles. I was wrong. :-)
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 10:27 PM   #8
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[align=center]Your Better Brewer[/align]

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[align=center]Well I never did get any kind of dialog with the link icon. Oh well.:O[/align]

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Eyes to love...and company to boot. I love this one.
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