Tuesday, July 10, 2012

WBW - Jays and more

It almost seems like I show you Stellar's Jay every week.
I probably do because they always give me something fun to photogragh.
Here's a young one working on a piece of corn!

Work that corn!!

Done with the corn, time to kick back and relax for a bit!

Look at all that fuzz!!

He hung out there for quite awhile.

Over the weekend I heard a hawk in the neighborhood,
 I've never heard a hawk go on and on like that.
Fortunately for me he did because it gave me a chance to find him.
The first time I found him I didn't have my camera with me,
 I got withint 50 feet of him and took a picture with my cell phone,
 which of course was not very good.

He was on one of my neighboring properties so I actually have to climb over a fence to get pictures,
I did ask permission to do just that.
I heard him a little later that day and this time I took my camera.
I was quite far away this time because he was on somebody elses property, that I didn't have permission to be on. Thank goodness for my 500mm, I know I'll catch him in his original spot again, I've heard him numerous times but haven't had a chance to climb the fence again.

I'm assuming this is a Red Tailed Hawk? Since I've seen them flying over my house quite a bit.

While I was running around trying to catch this Hawk,
 I was lucky enough to my first photo of a Spotted Sandpiper.
 They were giving me what for so I must have been close to their nest.

I also got my first photo of a Killdeer, at first I thought it was another Sandpiper.
Here he is putting on a show for me, I did not get a very good photo.

A very good week for me!!!



  1. the sandpiper on the spigot is cute! and i love your jays.

  2. I love the fluffy Stellar Jays. I've never seen anything like them.

  3. The fake injured wing, distraction show that killdeer display really is amusing at times!

    Love all the photos :)

  4. Love that fuzzy jay!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  5. Awesome post. Lovely blue bird!
    Have a nice evening!

  6. Cute shots of the Jay, he is a pretty one.

  7. Wonderful images of your lovely Jay..

  8. Great series of photos. The little bird with all the fuzz is so cute!

  9. Those fuzzy baby jays are adorable! Nice shot of the Killdeer's defensive behavior.

  10. This little guy is adorable, Kristi!

  11. Love the color of that blue fuzz! Beautiful pics!

  12. Wonderful array of beautiful birds....the jay and its coloration always amazes me. And the fact you shared such a young one pleases me.

    Wood Stork

  13. WOW your pictures and your feathery friends....what a happy post!

  14. OMG! What fabulous photos, my friend! Always look forward to see what bird friends you have photographed. What an amazing capture - the sandpiper on the sprinkler head. Just posing there for you! Thanks for sharing. Your yard is amazing!

  15. Your hawk looks like it is probably a juvenile, which can be very tricky to ID because they are so variable when young and their plumage changes so much when they become adults. Is there a raptor place in Washington that you could email the photo to for an ID? Am curious to what it is, too.

  16. Congrats on all the photo firsts Kristi! The Stellar's Jay juvies are fantastic! And I believe you are correct on the Red-tailed Hawk ID. The belly band with the streaked breast and the barred undertail are indicative of the Red-tailed Hawk juvenile.

  17. Hi there - I really like the Sandpiper on the water sprinkler - is that it's normal habitat!

    I thought I’d let you know that I stepped into the void caused by Springmans decision to close down World Bird Wednesday by setting up Wild Bird Wednesday (!) on my photoblog at Paying Ready Attention – Photo Gallery.

    Feel free to visit and link.

    Stewart M - Australia