What are these birds?

by Linda Yarnell
(Laurinburg NC)

Dec. 2011 Oak island and Southport NC. Seen in flocks mixed w. grackles and gulls. Larger than a robin, but similar shape. Dark brown back, bronze breast, light eye. No white marks like for a robin's rump and eye ring. Longish dark bill

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Jan 18, 2012
by: Steve

Those are female Grackles

Jan 05, 2012
Rusty Blackbird
by: Beth

They get their name from their rusty winter color. In breeding season, they are dark glossy black. You can find a good description at allaboutbirds.org.

Jan 03, 2012
Rusty blackbird
by: Linda Y.

I considered that. How does their winter plumage differ from regular?

Jan 03, 2012
Maybe Rusty Blackbirds
by: Beth

They could be rusty blackbirds (winter plumage).

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