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Boat-tailed Grackle

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

This Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) was one individual of the flock of the most northern U.S. population in Stratford, Connecticut, as photographed one spring several years ago. Changes to the local environment from Hurricanes Irene and Sandy helped to push them back to the south it seems, but there are still many places you can enjoy these supersized grackles across the U.S. I hope they come back to Roger Tory Peterson’s favorite places one of these years! Watching them during the breeding season is highly entertaining with their loud calls, conspicuous behavior and big nests.

Boat-tailed Grackle tree spring-

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator