How amazing these pictures ARE can only be appreciated if you open it in another tab (or window depending on your OS I'm sure)--- I can see every little dot of down on that top pict around the eye. And the color is so appealing too.
Yes, I think that there is a lighter area on the back of the head...and if it IS that is an indicator of barring, then you have a single barred Isabel male.
Was digging in the yard today -- planted daylilies and in one spot dug up a Beauty berry bush. - For those of you in the south who have them...- Did you know chickens LOVE Beauty Berries -- and that humans can eat them too? They have a very mild flavor - like banana custard or something. So now I don't hate them as much as I once did. They would take over every inch of this land if I let them I think -- it must be a perfect paradise for them. The digging up to a solid hour -- and at one point the tap root the depth of the shovel blade was as big around as my forearm -- not to mention the side roots. Did that instead of anything chicken-related for the thread.
Love your pictures!
Everyone who is contributing -- thanks a million!
Oh, wow - I have a Beauty Berry that's trying to take over the house - I'll make sure to collect and feed them to the chickens (the wild birds like them as well). Maybe I'll plant some in the paddocks for shade and yummies...