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A Sassy Eastern Blue Jay

This sassy Eastern Blue Jay visited my neighborhood on Monday afternoon.  I was quite happy to have seen this newcomer.  We don’t get a lot of Blue Jays here.  This bird was scouting out the sassy lawns (pretty dried out now and tan showing through the green) for tasty bugs to eat.

The jay squawked at me a couple of times and then flew to a neighboring roof to continue its search for a bite to eat.  After a moment it was on to other places.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  By the way, please bear with me while I change over to a different photo edit picture loading software.  Aperture is giving me a very hard time now days.  Thanks!



Backyard Blue Jays


These Eastern Blue Jays have made their home in my neighborhood this year.    There are a few pairs here that frequent bird feeders, bird baths, and our Oaks and shrubbery.  These jays enjoy a lot of seeds and fruit but also occasionally enjoy insects.  The Eastern Blue Jays are widespread in most of the Midwest, South, Southeast and Eastern USA.

The Eastern Blue Jays are one of the two types of Blue Jay we have in Florida.  The other kind of jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is a very different-looking bird.  The Florida Scrub Jays are getting very rare.  I have not seen a Scrub Jay in my neighborhood.  The Scrub Jays mostly live in undeveloped land with lots of native shrubs and low trees.  I took these pictures both last week and this past weekend.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!





Eastern Blue Jay Chilling


This Eastern Blue Jay was just chilling out, totally relaxed on a hot muggy Florida afternoon.  The beautiful blue, black and white bird was perched in an Oak branch fairly near my neighbor’s bird feeder.   Smart bird.  This bird just was perched there in the cool shade, not moving much at all.  There has been a number of Eastern Blue Jays around the neighborhood in recent days.

There is an abundance of food now so the birds are quite happy.  Eastern Blue Jays are enjoying the small Acorns of the Live Oaks here.  I took these pictures on Sept. 18, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Birds, Birds, and More Birds


Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, Egrets and Ibises were all spotted here in my development in the last several days.  I was taking pictures around my yard a couple of days ago and spotted a pair of  Carolina Wrens and two Eastern Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were noisy sassy and flighty.  It was hard to take their picture because they kept darting into the shaded leafy areas of the Oaks.

Traveling a bit farther in my housing development, I watched Great Egrets, and adult and juvenile White Ibises at two different rainfall retention ponds here yesterday afternoon.  These ponds are drying up and only the largest water retention pond here, which is near the fitness center, has much water in it now.  That particular pond gets sprinkler irrigation run-off from surrounding lawn areas so it stays wet longer.  I took these pictures on July 28, 2014, and again on July 29, 2014.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!













Yard & Garden Songbirds

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

American Robin

American Robin

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Blue Jays, Chickadees, Robins, Warblers, Mockingbirds, Wrens, and Woodpeckers all were seen flitting, stalking, perching, feeding, and pecking in my neighborhood gardens trees and lawns yesterday, Jan. 26, 2014.  It was a banner day for bird watching here.

I think I spotted twelve different types of birds!  What fun!  Here are some of the pictures I took.  I hope you enjoy seeing them.  Some of these birds are migrant visitors here for the Winter.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker

Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Eastern Blue Jay

Eastern Blue Jay

Songbird & Egret Gallery

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Here are photographs I took this last week, of a variety of songbirds.  I so enjoy seeing new birds here!  The new arrivals this past week were:  A Chipping Sparrow; a Pine Warbler; and a pair of American Robins.  It was very cold for two days last week.  Some of the birds are seen here really puffed up so that they could stay warm.  It was only 31 degrees F. when I took the pictures of the American Robin, and the little Eastern PeWee!  Brrr.

The Eastern Blue Jay was a welcomed sight.  I seldom spot Blue Jays around here.  There at least two male Northern Cardinals here and a male Downy Woodpecker also in the area.  In fact, I saw three different kinds of woodpeckers here in the yards last week.  Additionally, there was a flyby of a flock of Cattle Egrets right over my home.  I took these pictures in my yards and around the street.  I am happy to say that the weather was much warmer this past weekend here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Jays & a Titmouse


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Eastern Blue Jays and Tufted Titmice have been here in the neighborhood for the past week.  These are likely migrant visitor birds here for the Winter from up North.  The Eastern Blue Jays are loud, brash beautiful White and Turquoise Blue-colored birds with black accents.  They are flashy and are bold birds.

The Tufted Titmice are charming little grey birds with their cute top knot.  Both birds are excellent at getting insects for their dinner.  They also will eat fruit, and nuts and seeds.  The Titmice are here in a flock of about fifteen birds.  I am not sure that there are as many Blue Jays around.  I have only seen a pair of the Jays.  I took the pictures here in my yard on Oct. 1, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!DSC_6208


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