the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge in Hardeeville, SC, which is about 6 miles north of Savannah. If these photos were included on my Bird-a-thon Presentation I'd make sure and point out that these two species can be seen in Massachusetts, also. I've noticed that people without any exposure to birds and birding get really excited by the prospect of seeing fantastic birds without needing to travel far. I think that is how fledgling birders are born - pun intended! :)
The Cornell Labs of Ornithology describes the species as a, "large, long-tailed blackbird, the Boat-tailed Grackle is found exclusively along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States. The noisy, iridescent, purple-black male is hard to miss when it displays on power lines and telephone poles. The smaller brown female is much less conspicuous, and might even be mistaken for a different species". I really like the name, too!
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