Western Scrub Jay First:
As always (weather permitting) I took 3 cups of bird seed up to my garden pavilion with a brew in each of my hoodie pockets.
I love my afternoon contact with “the real world”.
Western Scrub Jays are not flock birds. They are fiercely territorial and chase each other away. I have perhaps five or six permanent Jays in my bird colony. I accommodate by feeding in multiple locations.
Saw my first dark hooded Junko of the fall season!
Life is filled with “firsts”. I don’t remember when my potty training took and I first used a toilet on my own. I do remember the first time I purchased adult diapers. Life is filled with firsts.
The sky outside my garden swing pavilion darkened with the incoming shadow of a large flock of sizable birds. They kept coming. The first wave landed on my stair railing and bridge to the roof. Several waves came. They were Western Scrub Jays, perhaps 60 of them all at once in a flock. I have never seen such an animated carpet of blue.
I went for more bird seed. The birds scattered but returned and were soon pecking the feed inches from each other in a huge colorful cluster. They were EATING the seed. This is unusual because my resident Jays fill their mouths with the choice bits and go bury it.
I could tell my locals from the flock because they knew the isolated outlying seed locations.
It was pretty amazing.
I went for even more bird seed and the camera. This was a remarkable event worthy of sharing. I scattered seed on the steps where the sun was hitting and sat with my camera back on the swing.
They never came back.
This link reports that “they are often found in flocks in the winter”. Really? I have never seen or heard friends report such behavior before.
Sometimes I love my life. Wish you were here.