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Taken today in south jersey,the whole Eye thing is throwing me off,this bird was huge,I know size is relative,but it was way bigger then a grackle,I would say Crow sized,and the bill is way wrong for a grackle..I have a few more pics if need be

 

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How about a Boat-Tailed Grackle?  That would account for the bill and size.  Tail is wrong however.  South Jersey is the north end of the range. Tough call.

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I've taken a lot of pics of boat tailed grackles,and this bird was way bigger, I am starting to think it's a lost tropical or Juvy bird,the bill is way different on a boat tailed anyway,this bird has more of a crow beak,anybody has a guess please reply,I will try to look up anything because this one has me stumped....

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4 minutes ago, S.C. said:

Common Grackle (Not BTGR and wrong location for GTGR)

I still don't think it's a common,although it's a good area for them,and actually boat tails are quite common here in south jersey along the shore....if I get a few more commons I will acquiesce to that line of thinking but it sure looked as big as a crow to me...

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24 minutes ago, inastrangeland said:

Spitballing here.  Currawongs in Oz kinda look like grackles.....

Wow,great guess,very similar looking,but I think the bill is too thick on the currawong,I am sure one of the experts here will chime in,it's probably just a common as been stated but maybe not,anyway,it's forced me to look at birds for the last hour on line,so that's never a bad thing..lol..

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8 hours ago, inastrangeland said:

South Jersey is the north end of the range. Tough call.

That's actually wrong. They are abundant up to Long Island and are uncommon in one or two places in Connecticut

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bump for one last look to the experts...

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I think it's time for more pics. I'm far from an expert but I don't see why this isn't a common grackle, other than the perception of size. New pics might be able to solidify the ID one way or the other.

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Heres a few more pics,and as I have stated,I have never seen a grackle the size of a crow before,and I understand if its a grackle,and everyone else agrees,then I say Ok,its a grackle,it just seemed so out of the ordinary that I had to post it here,I have been pouring over books and such but nothing fits but Grackle,but I dont know tropicals or juvie birds like you guys do so I wanted to see what you had to say about it.Thanks to all of you who replied...

 

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One of my best buddies emailed me all excited.  I have a grackle in my yard!  Bill, we don't normally have grackles here (baja Sur, east cape), send me a picture.  He did, and the photo shows me a Scrub Jay in a tree's shadow after I lighten it.  I told him so.  "Stop laughing at me, I know a grackle when I see one"...

I could go on but, I think I see beautiful photos of a Common Grackle here, sheen and all.  That's my vote.

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