Tuesday, November 22, 2011
But blue jays are smart birds, cheeky, loud and boisterous. They are the ones who let me know if I've forgotten to put seeds out or that they've eaten them all and would I please replenish the tray?
They are also the ones who alert the rest of the bird world to the presence of hawks. A Cooper's and a sharp-shinned hawk both patrol the feeders with regularity. Sometimes a huge redtail will buzz through like a huge Stealth Bomber compared to the size of the other marauders. But this year the number of hawks appears to have dwindled. And this morning the frost is very heavy so the birds will be plentiful all day.
Here are some other pretty patterns created by Nature's frosty paintbrush this morning: