It seems to take longer eating breakfast than it used to. I guess because now I take a few moments to gaze out the dining room window ...
the neighbor's green pasture, then the line of green trees and then the Grand Mesa. And again I see clouds forming. There are the dark bases, all lined up ... I guess that would indicate the altitude where condensation would occur. And this morning, they're all about the same height but it may be totally different by this afternoon!
Wait! A flash of blue! There, behind the ornamental pear tree. A blue bird? No, it seemed too large.
Our resident Lewis' woodpecker doesn't like this at all! No intruders allowed! He makes his "my territory" flight display and waits to see the effect. Ah! Success! A scrub jay takes off from the bottom of the pear tree, flies rapidly to our native plants along the west fence. It lands in the Rocky Mountain juniper ... food at last! The bird is eating the berries whole. Then he wipes his bill on the bark.
Now let me think, pretty bird, what do I know about you? Both parents build the nest, the female incubates (for about two weeks) and broods the chicks (often five or so). Diet: mostly insects but sometimes other birds' eggs and nestlings. In winter, nuts and seeds are their main food. Scrub jays may steal from other birds' caches and may cache or hide food themselves. When they fail to recover their caches, those seeds and nuts would help seed dispersal. Oh yes, and I recall a note somewhere about jays sitting on deer pecking off parasites. I'll watch for that.
Well, my pretty scrub jay is busy eating juniper berries and I have housework to do. I'll check on him later. I'd bet that he will be right there in the juniper. He's more than welcome!blog comments powered by Disqus