Dark Grey Flegling on patio wall in Western New York

by Annie B
(Lockport, New York, USA)

Front view

Front view

By accident, I scared the following fledgling out of the brush next to our home. We have a number of nests with birds in them in the trees around our home, but I don't think this little guy looks like any of them. He can hop and fly about two feet of the ground, so if he can live through the next week, I suspect he will live! I gently coaxed him back to the bush that I first found him and I know to leave him alone.


I'm just wondering what kind of bird he is. No parents seem to be around, but I do see red-winged blackbirds high in the trees in our backyard. His screeching sounds like a modified version of theirs. Are they his parents or is he their lunch? If he is alone tomorrow, is there anything I can do to increase his chances of survival.

I'm not sure if the picture can be "zoomed" from the file submitted. He has grey feathers and a dark grey/black breast. He still has "fluff" atop his head. I can still see orange skin around his eyes. Let me know if you need another pic...I took four!

Thanks and here's to praying this little guy will survive.

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Jul 10, 2012
Yay!
by: Shoe

Very cool. Thank you for responding. How interesting that its parents continued to feed it after it learned to fly.

Jul 10, 2012
Baby Gackle
by: Annie B

Yes, I know it survived...well, I know that it survived until it could fly on its own. I watched him for several days as he conquered "flight". His mom/dad continued to feed him even after he accomplished that.

Jul 09, 2012
Did it survive?
by: Shoe

Hi, I'm just looking at the posts...wish they were up with locations and dates! I saw yours, and that you figured out it is a grackle. I'm wondering if you think it survived?

Jun 20, 2012
I think its a grackle
by: Annie B

I think I answered my own question...I think its a grackle.

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