Some interesting facts about the Starling (from All About Birds):
- All of the birds you see in the U.S. are descendants of 100 birds originally released in Central Park in the 1890s.
- Females and males are very difficult to tell apart- one seemingly helpful trick is the eye ring since females have a distinctive yellow eye ring; however, some males 4 years old and older can develop it and older females can lose it.
- If a female does not get a mate early enough in the season she might lay an egg in another female's better-made nest to help her offspring's chance of success.
Some interesting facts about the Grackle:
- They will follow plows through fields to pick up bugs and mice.
- They will wade into water to catch small fish.
- They will even kill and eat other birds at bird feeders. (Crazy!)
- Engages in 'anting'- a symbiotic relationship with ants that secrete an acid that helps prevent parasites
So after doing my research I've determined it was a Starling. I've always had the two mixed up! The Starling's mottled plumage seems more 'grackle-y' to me.
Strangely enough when drove down the road later that day the bird was gone.