Daily Archives: June 5, 2011

Brewer’s Black Bird (Euphagus Cyanocephalus)

Black Bird Against Blue Sky (Liberty Park, Cerritos, California, June 5-2011)

Brewer’s Blackbird – Male pictured. Female duller brown. The Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) is a medium-sized blackbird. Adult males have black plumage; the female is dark grey. The male has a bright yellow eye; the female’s is dark. They resemble the eastern member of the same genus, the Rusty Blackbird; however, this bird has a shorter bill and the male’s head is iridescent purple. This bird is unrelated to the European Blackbird.The iridescent purple head of the male is a distinguishing feature. They often nest in colonies.These birds are often permanent residents in the west. Other birds migrate to the southeastern United States and Mexico.

Photo © George-B

June, and still in Bloom: Jacaranda Mimosifolia, El Dorado Park, Long Beach, California

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Jacaranda Mimosifolia, El Dorado Park, California-June 5-2011

The Blue Jacaranda, Jacaranda mimosifolia more often known simply as the “Jacaranda”, is a sub-tropical tree native to South America that has been widely planted elsewhere because of its beautiful and long-lasting blue flowers. Older sources give it the systematic name Jacaranda acutifolia, but it is nowadays more usually classified as Jacaranda mimosifolia. It is also known as the Black Poui, or as the fern tree. In scientific usage, the name “Jacaranda” refers to the genus Jacaranda, which has many other members, but in horticultural and everyday usage, it nearly always means the Blue Jacaranda.
(Read more about Jacaranda at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda_mimosifolia)

This photo was taken on June 4, 2011, in El Dorado Regional  Park, Long Beach, California