[CT Birds] Sherwood Island Boat-tailed Grackles: "Westoni" Subspecies?

Jory Teltser aliencricket21 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 20:06:09 EDT 2016


Thanks to all who gave their opinion on the Boat-tailed Grackles.  It seems
that the general consensus is that it is a young male torreyi, not a
westoni, and that the eye color will continue to get more yellow as it gets
older.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Jory Teltser <aliencricket21 at gmail.com> wrote:

> While editing the photos of the continuing male Boat-tailed Grackle at
> Sherwood, I had a shocking realization that the color of the birds eyes are
> BROWN and not yellow.  Westoni is the Florida/Gulf Coast population with
> this characteristic (while the torreyi/alabamensis population that occurs
> normally in CT have yellow eyes), so a CT record would be very rare, if not
> a state first.  Any input on this ID would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Below is the link my Flickr page with a couple photos of the bird
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/132251726@N03/26528643325/
>
>
> --
> Jory Teltser
> Westport
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>


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Jory Teltser
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