a strange black bird I found in a tree at the nature park. I determined that it was probably a brown-headed cowbird, even though the head was kind of dark. Those of you who know of such things agreed that it must be that very bird. So I stand by the consensus that it was indeed the identity of our bird.
Well today I was visited by another bird in almost the same exact area that the cowbird had been. This bird has a different identity though. And I can identify this one confidently as a common grackle! If you compare the two, you will notice that this bird has piercing yellow eyes. The other does not. And the grackle of today has shiny black feathers, especially the head, where the other's feathers were dull.
This is really a striking looking bird, with the way the eyes glow, and the feathers shine in the light. I think it could give someone a very good scare in the late evening, if it got close. It happened to be far up in a tree, in a very similar location as the cowbird. I wonder if they flock together sometimes.
Diane's editing technique from Nature Center Magazine to fix it up! I made a few additions of my own, but she deserves the credit. Go check it out if you'd like to be able to fix your photos. Thanks Diane!
I like how the bird looks extra sinister in this photo, now that it's fixed. I think I like my new friend, the common grackle. He's a good scary looking bird that really doesn't bother me at all. I'll have to feature some better cowbird pictures very soon. But today it's the grackle. I like saying that. Grackle!
Nature Center Magazine - Today is the day Emma brings you the Nature Site Of The Week. This one is a good one. She found a place that talks about medicinal plants and herbs. That should be interesting to any nature lover.