Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cleanup Crew ll




They come at first light, announcing their arrival. Acorns from the large pin oak in our yard carpet the ground below the dogwood tree, and bluejays have been enjoying the harvest.




I watched one bird pick up an acorn and fly up to a sturdy dogwood branch.  Pinning the nut between his feet, he drew himself up to full height, and then, with a swift motion, he brought the full force of his beak down on the acorn.




It took several blows to crack the nut before he was able to extract the bitter meat and gobble it down. His mini-meal finished, he discarded the empty shell, and went to find the next nut.

If things go as they have in past years, the acorns will be gone long before the lawnmower comes out of the garage.  It's good to have a cleanup crew.






21 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, pretty captures of your Blue Jays! Happy Tuesday, enjoy your week!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Connie!:)

Beautiful captures of the Blue Jay! They do have such powerful beaks.

Mersad said...

Beautiful winter shots! Love the frosty blue color of the feathers.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Silver Parrot said...

And such a good-looking crew, too, with their pretty blue feathers!

Christine said...

Super sweet shots of a beautiful bird!

Nancy said...

He is so beautiful....Gorgeous winter captures....

Margaret Adamson said...

Grat shots of the JAy

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Gotta love the "Blues".

Lui said...

I missed seeing this wonderful scenes again!
I miss you too, Connie.
And I am back for now.

Our furry, feathery friends adapt so easily to the changing climes and rhymes. I take inspiration from them. . . .

Brian King said...

Gorgeous shots! They are little piggies!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Honestly, that's the prettiest cleanup crew I've ever seen! Lovely series.

Marie C said...

What fun visitors! Great pictures!

Kathy said...

Lovely photos. I hope they do eat all the acorns for you. The acorns from my big oak in Texas, although we had blue jays and many squirrels, produced many descendants in various places in our yard!

Rick said...

Great shots of the cleanup crew, Connie. Looks like a win-win: they're fed and you don't get seedlings all over your yard.

Thanks for dropping by.

Stewart M said...

This and the Helping Hand post are great - such wonderful colours. I miss woodpeckers of all kinds - we have none in Australia. I just get some sightings on line!

Cheers - Stewart M - (finally back in) Melbourne

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, I just wanted to stop back and say thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Anni said...

One of my all time favorites, and sadly, they're not in my area of Texas. Beautiful.

Lisa Gordon said...

I find it so amazing that the blue jays can adapt to such cold weather. It is now 10 degrees blow 0 here, and my feeders are covered with these "guys." They seem completely unaffected by the cold, as long as there is food to be had!

Wonderful series of photographs, Connie.

amanda | wildly simple said...

These are wonderful pictures of that blue Jay! They're one of the only birds we have around our yard all winter here in northern MN. Sharp looking birds, I sure appreciate their color in our monochrome winter world.

Felicia said...

beautiful jay images.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Wonderful blue bird..