Hanging With the Scrub Jays

May 13, 2018

 

A Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) perches on a Juniper tree stump in Driftwood, a small town in the Texas Hill Country.

 

 

 

 

 

         We love bird watching.  We’ve made no secret of that.  There is a peace that comes from watching these little guys go about their daily lives.  We have observed many birds but few have the personality of a Scrub Jay. 

 

          Known for their ability to plan for the future like stashing food for a rainy day, they will also move and guard their food to protect it from less proactive, thieving jays.

 

          Loving the Texas Hill Country, almost as much as I do, they are commonly found among the Scrub Oaks, hence their name.

 

          This particular flock is a photographer’s dream.  Remember that stump I talked about last week?  I waited for days to get the buntings to perch and pose.  Not our beautiful blue friends.  They hopped right up and almost as if they knew I was taking their picture, waited until the clicking stopped before hopping down.  Next!  They practically took turns. 

 

          If you want to brush up on your birding photography, or simply enjoy a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, I recommend hanging with the Scrub Jays.

 

David

 

 

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 A Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) in Texas sitting on a stump.

 

 A Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) perches on a Juniper tree stump in Driftwood, a small town in the Texas Hill Country.

 

 

 A  Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) Sitting on a stump in the Texas Hill Country with his tail feathers fanned out.

 

 

 A large scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) perches on a limb near Driftwood, a small town in the Texas Hill Country.

 

 

 

 

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Garland, Texas

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