My Visitor: Blue Jay

Blue Jay


The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States, although western populations may be migratory.


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Big Guns…


These birds ( See photos) are the “big guns”, because they come to my feeders continuously and act like milling machines! They consume  great amount of feed daily!

There’s a lot of activity in the backyard bird wise. Many birds stop by for a meal, and there are the locals that hang out or bring seeds to their nests. Last week was  a rainy week followed by some pleasant weather and then turn hot. This season is very favorable for the vegetation in general, my lawns, shrubs, trees hedges etc. look so healthy and strong. I’m happy for that!

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Happy Days…


It has been  a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.

For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!

For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!

Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!

Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.

My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families  in my backyard  have increased their numbers and all look full of health!

These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!


 


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Stormy Night


Our weather is still crazy but it’s giving signs of improvement… with comfortable temperatures in the afternoon and being sunny for longer time. A couple of nights ago we had a very strong storm. Loud thunders, lots of lightening and  heavy raining. Even my son Tyler (6) said this the following morning, “we had a noisy night!”. He was absolutely right about that!

However, this morning was placid and the sky showed more blue space with no signs of gray clouds. While Tyler and I waited in the corner for his school bus, we both watched the bird traffic in the sky and some of them going from tree to tree. You’d be surprise of which birds we identified.

  • Four American Crows on the road plus 2 flying across high in the sky.
  • Approximate 12 Brown-headed Cowbirds in a flock flying high.
  • Northern Mockingbirds: Two on the roof, house in the corner across from me. One  about 2 ft. from a nest on tree and 2 in a holly plant, same house.
  • Two Canada Geese flying honking their way through (noisy dudes)

As you can see, things are taking shape into a normal Spring, I better stock up on my bird’s seeds!

Blue Jays are getting used to come and feed themselves in my backyard lately, they are “tough cookies” with the small birds. They bully they way to the feeders and get the peanuts ahead of everybody!


Northern Mockingbirds are the Law in my backyard, they can handle birds like the blue jays easily. They are fearless birds, I admire that of them!


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