Stop! Detour?Hello Cutie?

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I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not a bird behavior specialist…although I have been mistaken for one at cocktail parties.

I am just a bird observer, a mere mortal with an uncanny ability to be wrong about a lot of things.

In the spirit of keeping my track record very blemished, I would like to offer my thoughts on the interaction above. The wide spread wings of the bluejay above may mean, “STOP”. Perhaps little bluejay birds were crossing the branches on their way to bluejay school, crossing guards are always needed and heeded.

I didn’t notice any traffic or construction, but the commanding posture of the wings could indicate that oncoming birds should take an alternate route. I’ve been told that these worker birds take a lot of verbal abuse from frustrated fliers.

One last possibility for this behavior is some kind of weird attempt to find a date for the “spring fling.” Personally I think this move just smacks of desperation and I suspect this bird will be shunned and become the catalyst for an urban myth about a creepy, inappropriate bird that lurked in the woods.

Don’t call me sweet!

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Look at that sweet little face.

I wonder what the little bird’s name is,”sweet pea”,
“tinker bell”?

It’s possible that this bird considers itself to be a rough and tough character. Perhaps it imagines itself a superhero of the bird world. It’s possible that it goes by the name of “Hercules”.

Of course I’ll never know what it’s name is…unless it can talk…then I would want to know a lot more than what it’s name is. 

 

 

Bad photography or a clever, artsy, deliberate work of art.

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I know, I know, there’s all kinds of “wrong,” going on in this image. 

In spite of the problems with this shot, I still like it…it feels like I’m getting a peak into the magic of bird flight. Look at that round tummy and the shadow of the feathers on it…magic.

Look at my fabulous wings!

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I think this bluejay is a wannabe runway model. I was waiting for the big pivot that  models do when they get to the end of their strut, but nope.

“This lovely number is the essence of versatility…by day, the blue and black of the top of the feathers will serve you well in any boardroom or staff meeting. When the work day ends, simply flip up your wings and you’re all sass and glamour with  stunning white silkiness and black pin-striping.”

 

 

 

 

 

Red Tail Hawk

 

There was an VERY big surprise visitor in the backyard a week or so back.

Earlier in the day, I had seen a bird circling and it was at least a half mile away…it looked fairly large, even from that distance.

Three hours later I noticed a BIG shape in a sycamore tree…and there it was…the red tail hawk. It was a fair distance away, but I took a photo anyway with the expected blurry results.

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Imagine my surprise when it turned around on the branch and looked toward where I was looking through the window. Leaning forward, it left the branch and it was off and flying… I captured another blurry image.

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It took a second for me to register the fact that the amazing predator was gliding down to the ground, where it landed twenty feet from the window.

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Look how well it blends in with it’s surroundings! It was such a thrill to see this magnificent bird so closely.