Special Edition Tuesday Teaser: Unusual Blackbird Can you identify this rare yellow-footed blackbird? If not, happy April Fools Day!
It is Jeckel, he is now a solo act after splitting from his partner Heckel a few years back
I hate to disagree with Don, because I’ve learned so much from him, but judging from the downy tufts at the top of the head, I believe this is actually Heckle. Their “accents” are markedly different, so a video or audio clip would confirm.
with all due respect Julie, I just checked the Sibley Guide to Birds and the behavior of sitting in the crook of a tree makes him Jeckel !
I stand corrected, I just looked the records from the GBBC and there was a “Heckel” counted at a bird feeder in a backyard in North Arlington, it seems to have a preference to corn
Sorry to inform all of you, but as an avid Heckle & Jeckle fan, I have to tell you that this is “Speckle”, Heckle & Jeckle’s long lost triplet.
I just got back from DeKorte Park, where birders from all over the area have begun to gather, just hoping to catch a look at this rare spring migrant ….
Weren’t the Speckles lumped back in with the Heckles with the last AOU taxonomy report?
I believe they are sub-species ( Jeckelous Cartoonus)