A pair of Blue Jays dropped by for a visit the other day, and one of them moved to the feeder where it adopted a variety of quizzical poses as I watched. I was amused. We only see blue Jays every now and then, usually for a brief but noisy fly-in and fly-out-again sort of visit, but regardless I always think their colour patterns are incredible when you look at them closely. The pictures speak for themselves I think.
I hear one outside screaming as it flies by as I write this. And thanks for all the compliments on my wildflower presentation. I was particularly interested in the suggestions for future presentations, so thanks for those. I'm thinking my way in my head, trying to figure out if I have enough photos in stock to enable me to do them.
By the way Mrs. F.G. got out late in the day yesterday and added some soil to the new veggie bed, so it's now already to plant for this season.
You can see there's quite a dip between our two homes; it's much more pronounced between some of the homes here. This is what the town calls a swale, and there are very strict regulations as to what you can do with them. We were careful to stick within the rules!
We never get blue jays at the feeders this time of year, even though the feeders are full. You're fortunate to have them visiting now. Glad to see your community requires good drainage between houses that are close together, our one neighbor filled in the swale behind the house on a sloping site and overland flow went in the basement window on more than one occasion.ReplyDelete
I am not sure why, but Blue Jays seem especially prolific this year. A couple of days ago we had ten in the backyard, and we routinely see twenty or more on our walks.ReplyDelete
I tend to hear Blue Jays more often than I see them.ReplyDelete
The swale, much better than a tall fence, this way your garden seems to extend to the dip, and I can see all that hard work will surely pay off when the plants provide goodies.ReplyDelete
They certainly are photogenic.ReplyDelete
That bluejay is quite a character. You took some great shots. I am going to be planting glads tomorrow in my raised bed.ReplyDelete
What interesting head fakes from the blue jays. They almost seem able to talk with their heads. Great shots! :-)ReplyDelete
I think blue jays are a beautiful bird, as long as they're not talking. They're far pretty than their call makes them sound. There was one in the park nearby last year for a short time but I was never able to get a decent photo as it was hidden far up in the tree.ReplyDelete
I wish there was a swale between my house and the neighbours - the weeping tile that runs out to the street eventually collapses and fills with debris. I'm fortunate that my house seems to be a bit higher than the rest - I specifically checked before I bought the place. My last property was the low spot on the block and the backyard was often a swamp in early spring.
I must admit that your Blue Jays are much prettier than our Steller's Jays. However, I think that both are equally noisy and aggressive!ReplyDelete
terrific shots of the blue jay - such a pretty bird.ReplyDelete
Tis blue jay put on a good show for you.ReplyDelete
I know about the quick fly ins and outs because I once tried to photograph jays at a feeder. My goodness!ReplyDelete
Our blue jays do the same thing but I still get excited at each and every visit. They are such a gorgeous colour! Beautiful pictures, F.G. It's a chilly day out there today, waiting for frost warnings to end so I can get ready to plant too. Need to hold off for a bit.ReplyDelete
Blue Jays are gorgeous birds! They look as if they were painted with a brush.ReplyDelete
i really like blue jays, and i feel like they get a really bad rap...it looks like yours were quite entertaining!! the garden looks good, i think the mrs. is doing a great job getting things ready!!ReplyDelete