Boat-tailed Grackle Dumpster Dives for Fries
The Boat-tailed Grackle is a larger version of the more wide-spread Common Grackle. It is found along the east coast of the U.S. mainland, including Tybee Island (where we had a short vacation). One morning I passed some garbage cans near the boardwalk over the dunes and spotted a male Boat-tailed Grackle in search of food. He jumped in to the can and hopped back up with a big french fry!
He then flew up to one of the posts used to secure the garbage cans and kept an eye on me in case I was hungry, too. Its long tail extended out, showing the v-shaped fold – like the keel of a boat.
He then proceeded to nibble on the fry, its iridescent body practically glowing in the morning sun.
He kept looking over at me, read to fly off if I approached any closer.
The wind mussed up his head a bit, but he still held the remains of breakfast in its claws.
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