I do so many bird posts that I decided Friday is for the Birds. It will be birds I photographed anywhere I traveled, but mostly birds for Feeder Watch Friday. It may be a bird featured, it may be Bird Bits, or it may just be Pretty Bird Friday. Not sure where this will take me, but at least for a spell, let’s see how it goes.
Last Friday we had Lessons of the Hummingbird – One for the Road (above image), It gave me the idea for a weekly bird post.
I have many bird posts in the hopper that I never got around to posting, so making Fridays are for the Birds should pare them down to size.
Our first bird for Feeder Watch Friday will be what I think is the Carib Grackle, Quiscalus lugubris. It is native to a large range in many of the islands of the Lesser Antilles. I photographed these in St. Lucia. They were everywhere, even table side at a restaurant.
They really are a common bird like our own Common Grackle above, but don’t look quite as mean looking.
What I found most interesting is there are eight different races of the birds, all different among the islands. How they differ is in size, vocalizations and plumage shade, especially in the browns of the females.
I was only on one island, so I did not see the plumage variation first hand.
They are gregarious birds that really command a feeder, just like the Common Grackle. Here they are dining on dog food in St. Lucia.
Not too picky I guess in food choice.
I am not sure if they are considered a pretty bird, but it is sure pretty where they live.
OK, they look a little mean. It’s all in the eyes.