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Blue Jays, Magpies and Downy Woodpeckers

pictures 039-2Sunday was bright and sunny and  had warmed up to  minus twenty something with a light breeze. I spent less time swearing and put my energy into shovelling the wind drifts from behind my car and went to the park. No sign of the grosbeaks but was seeing blue Jays, Magpies, Crows and Downy Woodpeckers.

I find the blue Jays a little more evasive, coming from a distance staying in the trees in the safety of the branches and taking a quick dip to the food and retreating.The magpies are similar but a bit bolder until you get just about focused , then they take off. On this day they were used to the person feeding them and showing themselves more. I really noticed the change of behaviour in these birds while someone was feeding them. They start to compete and fight over the food which was some sort of bird feed that they obviously liked. There were about six Magpies, one Blue Jay and a pair of Woodpeckers. The chickadees were staying a safe distance away. I would have stayed longer but was losing light as well as the feeling in my hands and toes.It was good to get out again.

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5 responses

  1. You did well in capturing these birds. Looks like winter is there to stay at your place. 🙂 I would still love some more snow where I am…

    December 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    • It is very beautiful and great skiing, more enjoyable with the sun shining and the roads cleared.

      December 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  2. You had the perfect conditions for capturing these birds. I just love the magpies. I wish we had them, but I know they are a pain.

    December 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    • When i first move out to the west \i was fascinated by their beauty. Although I have seen their bad side, (watched them raid a chickadee nest and eat the newborns)I am also intrigued by their intelligence and family behaviour.

      December 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

  3. Beautiful.

    December 3, 2014 at 3:39 am

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