This is a grackle, not to be confused with a crow or a starling. They make a sound like a screen door closing
Starlings are also iridescent but they have little yellowish speckles
Grackles are native to America, while starlings were introduced long ago from Europe
Can you guess which one my father does not allow on the feeder??
I should elaborate: A bunch of people who loved Shakespeare wanted to introduce all the birds mentioned in his work to North America. So they released 60 birds into Central Park in 1890 and well...the fellows have done very well for themselves.

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3 May
I like robins, but the one who lives in the tree ten feet from my window is my enemy, and we both know it.
A few weeks ago, BF purchased squirt guns to intimidate this robin. At first we just showed the robin what we were working with, but robin did not care at all. So, unfortunately, we had to shoot.
Now, when he hears our window open, he flies to the tree that is juuuuust out of reach of the squirt gun.
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