Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
A chunky sparrow with a brilliant golden crown. They scratch and forage in the flower beds and will occasionally take seed, especially during nesting season to supplement their wild diet. The male has a surprisingly delicate song for his size.
Pairs stick close together and will often cuddle on a branch, quietly cooing to each other.
Steller's Jays are year-around residents here in the Puget Sound. They are inquisitive, comical and very vocal. If you're late putting out seed, you can be sure these gregarious birds will voice their disapproval! They always watch us from nearby trees when we are dining outside or working in the garden.
They are especially fond of whole peanuts in the shell and will take their time picking out the peanut that seem the biggest and heaviest, by shaking each peanut before choosing just the right one. We've even had them bring a peanut back several minutes later to exchange for another. We - and our neighbors - find peanuts buried and stuffed all over the yard and in our flower pots. The squirrels will take advantage of the jays' hard work and watch them to see where they bury their nuts.
In addition to crows, there are no better "watch dogs" among birds - we always know when a cat or other stray intruder has entered the yard.