We have a nasty form of black birds around here called Grackles. I don’t know if they’re protected or not, but they sure are fun to shoot and hard to kill if you don’t make a well placed shot. They’re damn smart to. After you shoot one, the rest will fly off whenever they see you holding a gun. I can walk out empty handed and they will just squawk at you, but as soon as I have a gun in my hand, they will take off quickly.