First let me enter a warning - I am not a "birder." I say this not as a point of pride but in admiration for birders who study birds, identify their flight patterns and habits, recognize their calls (maybe), and keep track of where and when they see the first of a species or subsequent finds in nearby counties or distant lands.
Having said that, when I received an email from Charley Burwick titled "yellow-headed blackbird" which sounded like an oxymoron I thought he was blowing smoke. Any school child has an image of a blackbird, featured in song as..... well a black bird. But there was a picture that even he couldn't make up.
|Ebird reported sightings- Darker =more frequent|
|Displaying yellow-headed blackbird Courtesy of Ron Dudley|
Finally, if you ever are in a deep conversation with a birder, you can impress them with this fact. "In 1825 Charles Lucien Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, gave the first detailed description of the yellow-headed blackbird, which was collected in 1820 by Thomas Say and Sir John Richardson." Take that, Burwick!