Saturday, June 16, 2012

Young Scrub-Jays in the neighborhood

The two young Western Scrub-Jays had disappeared after leaving the nest on May 27, but now they are very active and visible again. In my yard and the neighbors' they are often heard making their 'little pig' squealing sounds whenever one of the parents shows up with food. Then there is a 10-second flurry of fluttering wings and gaping beaks being stuffed with food.

Feeding frenzy

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Venus transit

I interrupt my usual notes about flying creatures to post a photo of Venus in transit across the face of the Sun today. Maybe it "sorta" qualifies as a flying object, if not a creature. :-)

Friday, June 01, 2012

Empty Scrub-Jay nest

Since the young Western Scrub-Jays climbed up the Jasmine vine on May 27, I have not seen them return to the nest. For perhaps a day they stayed hidden among the leaves, but since then I have not seen or heard them. Young Jays are usually noisy, so I don't understand this silence. Maybe they'll show up again when they have started flying.