I've been hoping for a chance at a Blue Jay but had never seen one. Finally in mid October. The only one I had seen in the yard ... ever. There was still greenery..so wanted to get him/her on here before I launch into wintery photos.... not that I have many of those....yet. I was out there for awhile today and my fingers were getting pretty numb. It was -15C with a gusting wind to about 40kph for a portion of the day. Thankfully there was some sun.
This was as close or as lucky as I got ... ... my first look at a jay ...through the window. I loved the whole thing even though it is through the screening ..... so kept it. It reminds me of a vintage photo.
Then one day I was trying to sneak up on the American Goldfinch sitting on the feeder and saw a blur ... thought it seemed pretty blue and looked away from the camera... but saw nothing. Okay. Back to looking at the goldfinch... he was either really patient or really tired. He just sat there and I got several great photos of him. Thank you Mr. Finch.
When he flew over to the lilac bushes I looked up ...and then ...what the?>? .... there was movement really close to me. I looked down at the birdie bath... which was right beside me and there it was. The Blue Jay!! Sheeesh ..... quickly tried to focus much closer to me than I had ever anticipated ... trying to move as quickly but as stealthily as possible. He must have thought I was a lawn ornament or something....because he looked right at me and didn't even try to move away.
These are the two I managed to get before he flew off.
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What beautiful colours....!! they don't even look real to me..... the bit of greenish gold in front of his body is a leaf on the Korean Lilac ... which was directly between us.
I'm pretty excited to have seen him. Especially so up close and personal.
Please take a trip over to Wild Bird Wednesday sometime and look at all the other amazing birds from all over the world. Why not add one of your own? Anybody can play ....
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