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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Grackle? But what about that eye?

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HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

May 3, 2013
10:59 PM

Post #9507443

Until I processed the shot, I hadn't noticed the strange-looking eye on the bird, which I had assumed to be a Grackle. Is it, indeed, a Grackle or something else?

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Seedfork
Enterprise, AL
(Zone 8b)

May 4, 2013
5:30 AM

Post #9507598

I am not a birder, but I always thought Grackles had those strange looking eyes.
P_Edens
Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2013
6:41 AM

Post #9507667

Miss Mary,

I think the bird's nictitating membrane is partially moved across the eye and that is what makes the eye look weird in this case. It does look like a common grackle to me.

Patti

HelloMissMary

HelloMissMary
Memphis, TN

May 4, 2013
7:33 AM

Post #9507732

Thanks, Patti -- that was really throwing me off!

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