Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mostly Wordless Wildlife Wednesday: The Scrub-Jay Rules (the fountain)

The small birds seem to enjoy sharing the fountain.






But the Western Scrub-Jay bathes alone!  No others dare approach to intrude upon his ablutions.

Juvenile Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)




7 comments:

  1. The Western Scrub-Jay, the 2nd most annoying bird in SoCal only to be topped by the Northern mockingbird which I find to be bolder and much more aggressive. We have one here which starts its evening serenades about midnight to 4 AM. At least the Scrub takes evenings off.

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    1. I'm not sure I'd recognize the mockingbird (even though I just looked up a picture of it). They're probably here too, Eric, but the noisy scrub jay is the only one I've noticed scaring off the smaller birds to hog the fountain.

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  2. Just love Jays of all kinds. they are loaded with personality.

    What a beautiful water feature!

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    1. The best thing about the fountain we inherited with the house is the attraction it has for the birds, Deanne. I always wanted a fountain as a garden feature but now neither I nor the birds could do without it.

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  3. Absolutely adorable! What pretty birds. They look like they're thoroughly enjoying themselves.

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    1. The fountain is a major draw, Amy, especially during the summer months.

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  4. I too am more of a private bather (the world breathes a collective sigh of relief.) What fun you must have watching your avian friends enjoy your fountain! Thanks for sharing the joy!

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