Friday, December 26, 2008

Call of a Blue Jay

"Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble."

-Roger Tory Peterson



24 comments:

Mildred said...

I love the different shades of blue on the bird and in the sky. So pretty!

Jayne said...

He's beautiful, and I love the way he's perched.

webmaster said...

What a beautiful site! Years ago, my father and I used to fish in Grand Traverse Bay. I also used the go to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival near Alpena. I love the state of Michigan and it's diversity of birds. I will be adding your site to my blogroll.

John Briggs
Bath, Maine
http://www.birdingmaine.com

Kallen305 said...

Love that photo of the blue jay. He has such a look of concentration on his face.

HANNIBAL said...

You captured this bluejay in great lighting! Excellent photo!

Lynne said...

All blues, grays and whites. Beautiful Shelley!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Good Morning Shelley... I miss my bluejays. We had alot during the summer but they have moved on somewhere else. I've been told that they are still in the area --but they are not at my house. I'm sure those noisy birds will come back in the spring!!!!! Beautiful picture.
Hugs,
Betsy

fishing guy said...

Shelly Beautifl color on your capture.

Craig Glenn said...

Shelly,

Really nice photo. I have yet to capture one of this but I keep trying. I had one hiding in a bush one day and I swear he was ducking behind the leaves everytime I tried to take his picture. LOL

Craig

Eve said...

Beautiful colors Shelley!

Jenny said...

Lovely depth of colour Shelley. And as someone else has pointed out, the blues, whites and greys are make a lovely photo!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

What a beautiful blue jay in a bright blue sky.
Brenda

Daisy said...

He looks cold, all hunkered down there. Wonderful photo, Shelley. You do such amazing work with your camera.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely picture.The Blue Jay may be loud and annoying at times,but he really is a beautiful bird.
Blessings,Ruth

Deborah Godin said...

They say jays are quite intelligent, and this fellow surely looks it!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Blue Jays are among my favorites. I must say they are good watch dogs too and always tell me and the rest if a predator is in the vicinity.

I have a number of photos of them posted on My Birds Blog.

This is the time we give up something that was an important part of our lives for something new and entirely unknown -- 2009.

Happy New Year to you and to your family from Patty and Abe.a

Shellmo said...

Mildred - Thank you!

jayne - I had to keep waiting for him to turnaround and quit showing me his butt - lol!

Webmaster / John - Grand Traverse is a great place to fish! My hubby can vouch for that - lol! Thank you for visiting! I have added you to my blog roll!

Kallen - I've never seen a sleepy blue jay - now that would be quite the photo! lol!

Hannibal - thanks!!

Lynne- it was definitely a winter blues type of day! :)

Betsy - I'm sure those Jays will be back - you'll hear before you see them - ha,ha!

Fishing guy - many thanks!

Craig - they are quite shy for being such loud birds! I hope you get a shot of one soon!

Eve - thank you!

Jenny - thanks! I have a couple birch trees on my property and I love when the birds land on them for a photo op.

Brenda - I lucked out on that sunny day - thank you!

Daisy - still in the 'teens" weatherwise! Good thing the birdies like my feeders!

Ruth - I agree - one of the most attractive birds - and brash to boot!

Deborah - I do admire their intelligence - especially when they give their fake "hawk calls" to scatter the other birds away from the feeders. I think the chickadees are catching on!

Abe - Watchdog is a great word to describe them! Hope you're feeling better each day! Happy New Year!

Leedra said...

Another bird lots of people don't like. But he/she is just a beautiful bird, the markings. You captured him so well.

Nick S said...

I love how the sky matches him Shelley :-)

Rambling Woods said...

Love the little nutty photos below, they are so clear and the beautiful blue jay here..You find wonderful prose to go with. I hope you holiday was great...

MicheleRF said...

I just gave my blue jays a Christmas treat, peanuts! If I fed them as many as they could eat all year I couldn't afford food for my human family:)

bennie and patsy said...

He looks cold all plumped up. Cute
Patsy

letspaintnature.com said...

I love your blue jay! I can hear ours a mile away, but do not see them as much as I use to :(

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful.. love these birds