Great Tailed Grackles


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We saw a bird in Austin that we nicknamed the "mean bird", but didn't know what it was since they aren't in Chicagoland. These birds were very noisy and bullied every other bird they saw. If another type of bird was looking for food on the ground, these "mean birds" would land close to them and puff up trying to scare them off. We've never seen anything quite like this behavior.

All About Birds says they are Great Tailed Grackles

We saw them at Georgetown Lake, I didn't know what they were either so I just called them 'those little ****s'. Crude yet appropriate.