A blackbird. Just thought I’d repeat that in case someone wondered if I’d lost my mind with the title. As I’d commented originally with the first uploads of black birds from the Yolo Causeway Wildlife Refuge/Preserve, black birds come in more colours than black. A lot more colours. And some of the tri-coloured ones have two colours, some of the tri-coloured ones have the “wrong” colours, and none of them seem to have only black – at least here in Northern California. (sigh)
If I wasn’t colourblind, this would be a challenge. As it is, it’s just frustrating because not only will I not be able to tell what I’m seeing, the only things that will know for sure are the birdbrains themselves. Interbreeding has created the most bizarre set of broken rules.
So yes, the local birder said this is a rarely sighted Yellow-breasted Blackbird. I’m gonna go with that until the bird confesses.
The only thing good about all of this is that, when applied to humans, racism is doomed. There will be black white people, white black people, Asian Hispanics, French Native Americans (That one even sounds bizarre.), Himalayan Cubans, and so on. Eventually, every racial epithet will apply to everyone equally. I can’t imagine getting riled if someone called me a redneck hillbilly but there will probably be some Aborigines who will bristle at it eventually. Of course, they might actually have red necks and live in the Ozarks of America (the hills) but what the heck. The sooner we all look alike, the easier it’s gonna be. After all, what was Adam gonna slam Eve with? “You darn Gardener”?
PS Yes, the shot sucks which is why it’s not for sale. It was the words that mattered but it’s such a pain to write a journal entry and add images that I cheated. You know what I usually say after something like that so just assume I said it and I’ll skip it this time. ;-)