Sunday, April 05, 2009
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
Brewer's Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus, Lake Poway Parking Lot. This little blackbird was having a fluffy moment. I'm not sure why he fluffed up like that but it was really cool, making him look like a black pom pom or a feather duster. It could be a display of some sort to make him look bigger or more fearsome. Or, it might be him about to leave his mark on the car! As I took a whole sequence of pictures, I can confirm that he did not (ahem) mark that car so perhaps one of the former possibilities after all.
These guys live on seeds, insects and berries and are pretty common around parking lots in San Diego.