Great tailed grackle

The Great-Tailed Grackle is found in the southwestern states.  It is closely related Boat-Tailed Grackle which is found in coastal salt marsh areas of some southeastern states.

Grackles have moved to the United States from Mexico. Their range is the southern states from California to Florida, however, they are slowly moving more to the north.

Grackles are very annoying, and are considered pests in areas where great numbers of them gather to roost and nest.  They are noisy, adaptable, opportunistic, and quick learners. They spend most of their time on the ground. 

While you might not want to install bird feeders to attract this type of bird, you may however, choose a squirrel proof bird feeder if you do want to have one.