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I spotted a medium-sized black bird near my bird feeders, larger than a robin, but not as big as a crow.  It was near the feeder and then later walking on the ground.  It seemed rather shy and/or nervous.  It had distinct white eye rings.

I was hoping it was a rare siting of a Brewer's Black Bird in Connecticut, but I think it is too big.  Then I thought Rusty Blackbird, but it doesn't look like any pictures of one that I could find on the internet.  I am attaching some photos.  Can anyone identify it?

Here are some pictures of it:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/uBDLTp5xyqrdtmF47

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Welcome to Whatbird!

That's a Common Grackle. The bill is too large for either a Rusty or a Brewer's Blackbird.

7 minutes ago, A1Greek said:

It had distinct white eye rings.

The pale part is actually the iris.

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Thanks so much for your quick help and making me feel welcome!  Given the color, would you say that it is a male?

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17 minutes ago, A1Greek said:

Given the color, would you say that it is a male?

Well, Common Grackles are not extremely sexually dimorphic, at least not to the extent of some other grackle species. Given the non-glossy look, I’m leaning female.

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