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Blue moon, blue birds

December 31, 2009

We won’t be seeing the blue moon tonight since a Pineapple Express is bearing down on us bringing a bucket o’ rain, but we will be able to enjoy the antics of the Steller’s jays Cyanocitta stelleri as they try to sneak chestnuts off the porch.  Our view courtesy of the window over the kitchen sink.


They are very cagey – looking all nonchalant-like on the Douglas fir stump by the steps.  Yep that’s cagey, no one would ever notice a brilliant blue bird in a gray winter landscape… 😉

I can only imagine what he is thinking. He can see the chestnuts in the box he perched on, but we are watching too.  What to do?


Hunger wins.


But, still… .


Now he can’t decide which one.


This could be a trap.

Should I or shouldn’t I?

OK, that’s it, I’m going in!


Paydirt!

Have a great New Year!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2009 8:58 am

    I love that! I found our dog sitting at the deck door the other day still as a statue. I looked closer and a squirrel was on the other side of the glass eating bird seed I’d throw on the snow for the birds. Lady was hardly breathing, then I let her out for the chase! She never catches anything but the thrill of the hunt is all she needs! We had a red headed wood pecker on our deck the day after our 2 ft snow and I would of loved to snap his picture. He was incredibly marvelous with all of his markings….I’m rambling! Just thinking of all the things we catch from this side of the glass.

  2. December 31, 2009 9:00 am

    they are very crafty, aren’t they? emboldened, even.

    happy new year!

  3. December 31, 2009 10:43 am

    I was just reading in a nat geo the other day that jays are aware of thief’s , and that if they see another jay near by when they hide a fruit , they will wait for the other jay to leave , come back , take its food and hide its somewhere else.

  4. December 31, 2009 11:10 am

    Happy New Year! What incredibly beautiful birds. I saw a couple on a long ago trip to the western USA, but they don’t occur here.

  5. December 31, 2009 12:40 pm

    What a beauty! Happy New Year.

  6. Kjersti permalink
    December 31, 2009 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I grew up in the rainforests of Southeast Alaska and Stellar Jays, or bluejays as we called them, were a common sight. I’ve lived in the interior now for many years and miss the sight of them. The sight of them today was especially cheering. Thanks again.

  7. claudia w permalink
    December 31, 2009 1:57 pm

    Great pictures of the jay.
    Happy New Year to you!

  8. December 31, 2009 2:28 pm

    They are such pretty birds. We have an abudance of the plain old blue jays. They are pretty as well but horrible thieves and drive all the other little birds away. Not sure why we have so many more than usual this year.

    Wishing you all a very Happy New Year ~

  9. Marcia in Wyoming permalink
    December 31, 2009 3:37 pm

    It has turned off clear here so we should have a beautiful full moon tonight. Great pictures along with the comments! We have what I think are gray jays in the mountains – we call them “camp-robbers” as they will swoop down and steal your lunch right off the picnic table -very bold. Best wishes for the new year.

  10. Dawn permalink
    December 31, 2009 8:22 pm

    Thanks for your 2009 writings! Look forward to your wisdom in 2010- happy new year.

  11. January 1, 2010 6:33 am

    In Socal, we had scrub jays. Huge things. They’d take on squirrels for their stash. Talk about bold! We used to put out unshelled, raw peanuts for them. One day my twp-year-old was examining a peanut and a jay landed on her leg and took it out of her hand. Wish I could find that photo. She just sat there, dumbfounded, as did I!

  12. January 1, 2010 10:36 am

    we had those where I grew up between Auburn and Enumclaw (WA)
    I took them for granted.

  13. January 1, 2010 4:15 pm

    Lovely photos. I was thinking last month that I’m really going to miss them.

    Did see a real honest-to-gosh blue bird in October, though. Amazing splash of color!

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