Brewer’s Blackbird

Brewer Head


This intimidating stare belongs to a Brewer’s blackbird. The bird is typical blackbird size and this picture highlights one of the typical field marks for the Brewer’s, the bright yellow eye. Another field mark is the green and purple sheen of the feathers. While the sheen is visible in this picture, it is best seen in person.

Sheen is the way the sunlight reflects off of a bird. Feathers are like prisms which can reflect back a specific color of light. In this case the reflected light is purplish in some parts of the bird, and greenish in other places.

Your daily walk with Christ should also function a bit like a prism. When a person walks in the light of God’s Word, that light not only shines into them changing and shaping them, but also reflects out of them visible by the world around them. This light might be visible as a positive attitude or an internal joy. It might be visible as a humility and a life pattern of placing others ahead of yourself. Or maybe it comes across as courage, allowing you to always do what is right no matter what the cost.

Can you see some manner in which God’s Word has done a transformational work in you, which is visible to the world around you? In John 3:21 (HCSB), Jesus says, “But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”