Friday, September 5, 2008

Female Boat-tailed Grackle


This female Boat-tailed Grackle was just perched on this railing at The Pier in St. Petersburg seemingly waiting to have her photo taken. Females look quite different from the males. The males are all black with a sort of iridescent shine to their feathers when the sun hits it. They are also much larger than the females.

Grackles can be found most anywhere in Florida usually close to people so they can steal a snack or two. They are resident along the coast from New Jersey south and west to Louisiana; also inland in peninsular Florida. They prefer marshlands both fresh and salt water.

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