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About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. beautiful

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    1. Thanks! Happy Spring!

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  2. I have yet to see Grackles as colorful as these! Even in sunlight, their feathers take on a uniform deep purple, almost black.

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    1. Looking at fellow bloggers’ posts, I’ve realized that there are two kinds of grackles: common and “boat- tailed”. The boat tailed are more of a color, while the common ones seem to be anything, depending on the Sun. I remember one day being so excited because I saw a brand -new shiny exotic bird at the feeder, only to realize it was my good old grackle in a different light! 😉

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  3. Ha ha ha! YOU are one of the bloggers I learned about boat tailed grackles from!😊

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  4. Such intriguing birds. Their feathers are as varied as their vocalizations and behaviors.

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    1. When they swoop in with the red wings and cowbirds, it takes my breath away!🐦

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