Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday

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.

Click on the images to "biggify" him...
















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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19 comments:

Lea said...

Great photos!
Happy Wild Bird Wednesday!
Lea

mick said...

The colors on the Blue Jay are amazing. I am glad you were patient and waited for your perfect photo chance.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh wow he is awesome. What beautiful colours! You did a great job of taking these wonderful photos. Our Jays are rather dull compared to these beauties

Margaret Adamson said...

Wonderful that you had the Jay at last coming to your garden and the last 2 shots of him.her are lovely

Jutta.K said...

Thank you for your nice comment
Yes, this is no different for us. Many birds that flew off in autumn to winter to early, stay here now. This is probably connected with global warming.
Your birds are so cute, nice photos
Greetings from germany
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NatureFootstep said...

Congratulations to the sight. It is a beautiful bird. :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

The blue jays are gorgeous birds.

Phil Slade said...

You're getting some good birds and great pictures too from that bird bath of yours. What next?

Adam Jones said...

Lovely pictures.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

very nice photos :)

miss seeing those blue birds on the porch fighting off every other bird for food :p

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Beautiful blue jay pictures! Right now we have them at our feeder but if it's like other years, they will soon disappear. I don't know why they don't like our feeder in the real winter months because they come to the one my friend has in another part of town. We had cardinals coming for the first time, but they've gone again. We guy the 'good' food too, so it's hard to understand.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a beautiful Jay and you got great pictures. The only one we see regularly here in Oregon is the scrub Jay, which is blue , but very plain Jane compared to your beauty! Thanks for sharing!

Carletta said...

Lots of folks think of the Blue Jay as noisy and a food grabber but they are one of my favorites.
Nice shots! Thanks for your visit!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful photos! You captured the pretty blues of this bird! Hugs, Diane

Mike said...

Blue jays are one of my favorite birds. Beautiful.

Susan (ABON) said...

So happy for you that you had this opportunity. Blue Jays are so beautiful, I love them! Nice shots!

pattisjarrett said...

Love these! Blue Jays are fairly bold. They come to the yard when we were sit outside--we always have a bowl of peanuts in the shell for special visitors. One day, I tossed a peanut in the air, and a Jay on the roof swooped down and caught it in mid-air. I like birds we can interact with.

Lin said...

Put out nuts and you will get jays. They LOVE nuts. They will fill their mouths with them and then carry them off to eat them.

Adam Jones said...

Love the Jays