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Bird Identification: Downy Ladderback Hybrid? No Clue. Which Grackle

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Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2013
5:20 PM

Post #9473076

These were all shot yesterday at Galveston, Texas on Gulf of Mexico coast.

1 & 2 are of same bird that a birder next to me IDd as a Downy Ladderback hybrid. It does look like a downy face with a ladderback back.
3 is a different bird in same area. It looks weird also, but maybe just because of the head angle.
#4 - I don't know what this is.
#5 - Which grackle?

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Bealeton, VA

April 6, 2013
8:28 AM

Post #9473579

Great photos! #3 looks like a male Downy Woodpecker and #5 is a Common Grackle. We have both birds in this area (Northern VA).


Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2013
11:55 AM

Post #9473767

Thank you butterflysmiles. I appreciate the kind words. I thought maybe the grackle was a boat-tailed or great-tailed, but I have a hard time telling them from common, so could be a common.



United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 6, 2013
4:17 PM

Post #9473995

## 1-2 look like female Ladder-backed to me, I can't see any good reasons for hybrid
# 3 ditto male Downy
# 4 I'm thinking female Orange-crowned Warbler
# 5 Great-tailed Grackle for me, given the uniform purple iridescence



Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2013
4:24 PM

Post #9474003

Thanks, Resin. I'll try to get back out there and see if I can get photos of the hybrids. Supposedly there are several.


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