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CLOSED: Grackle? But what about that eye?

Memphis, TN

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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Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

I am not a birder, but I always thought Grackles had those strange looking eyes.

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

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.


Memphis, TN

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

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