The prettiest thing in a Yolo County spring is the sight of red-winged blackbirds in a field of young corn. The sight of red-winged blackbirds in a field of wild mustard is a close second, and then there are the poppies, blazingly, almost painfully, bright against the brilliant green of the hills. And the daffodils, the prettiest harbinger of spring in February's gray days, still soldier straight and determinedly cheerful in their beds.
The hills will start to fade next month, the daffodils will go back to sleep, and later the poppies will disappear too, but in March, the colors of a Yolo County spring are glorious to see.
Did you know that when a red-winged blackbird flies, its little red epaulets almost float free of its wings?