The Stellars Jay is the western counterpart to our own Eastern Blue Jay. It is a spectacular bird, with a flashing deep blue color, and striking black head that can't be missed. Bold, as most Jays are, they've been known to frequent campsites and other place where they will swoop down to pick up pieces of food when no one's looking. The Aspens of the west turn a beautiful bright gold in the fall, and the smallest breeze causes them to shimmer like little plates of gold. These make a delightful combination
The Eastern Blue Jay is the undisputed boss of the backyard. When the winter settles in and snow falls, more of these birds congregate, some having come from more northerly areas. The bright blue and subtle grays of their feathers make them a delight to watch, despite their noisiness. Jays have quite a personality, and will mimic hawk calls. One has to wonder why - are they just having fun?
The California Quail has to be considered one of the cutest birds to ever exist. With their bobbing head feathers, and their silly antics, one could never get tired of watching these little birds. They tend to travel in fairly large flocks in the winter, and exhibit herd behavior, one following the leader, no matter where that leader goes.
They are delightful and beautiful birds of the west. Modoc, is a county in California. It is in the far right corner, nestled between Nevada and Oregon. The wildlife is extremely abundant there, these quail being no exception.
The Eastern Bobwhite Quail has dropped in numbers in the northeast over the years. One wonders - there are several reasons. One of those is that quail are a ground dwelling bird, and even though they can fly, they don't fly very far or very fast. Cats are a problem for them in suburban areas. Another reason we see less of them, is that it has been a struggle for them to survive the New England winters , as this area is the very northern edge of their range. There is no doubt the quail can do better when supplied with fields of corn and other food sources more abundant in more southern places. They do show up now & then however, and it is always an exciting thing to see Bobwhites in New England.
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Tiny Chickadees are the favorite backyard birds of many people. Their trusting nature and acrobatics are always a welcome treat. They are truly amazing, considering how small they are, yet they survive the coldest harshest winters.
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