Happy 1-1-11. To start the New Year off, here is a good example of a female boat-tailed grackle. It is a large blackbird with a long tail. Although the male has a shiny black color, the female is brown. It is typically found along the Gulf and Atlantic coast.
There are a number of members of the grackle family but this one is known as Quiscalus major. They eat most anything – insects, small shellfish and amphibians as well as seeds.
This young lady was taken at the Wellington Preserve.