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Blue birds (not bluebirds)

July 12, 2011

I don’t have any good photos of the gorgeous male mountain bluebirds I’ve often seen out here, flitting like jewels in the trees.

I do have a couple of (not really good, but interesting) photos of other types of blue-colored birds I took this past weekend.

First up, the fabulous lazuli bunting, spotted at a bird feeder at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center.

Ain’t he purty? Sure wish I had a better camera and a better angle.

Then, there was the interesting episode with the blue jay.

I know a lot of people despise blue jays because they can be aggressive at bird feeders. You might change your mind after this story.

Husband noticed that the blue jay was very busy with something. That something turned out to be a wasp nest behind the backboard of the neighbor’s basketball hoop.

Hmmmm . . . what's in here?

Let's see . . .

Aha!

Got a piece! Nomnomnom!

The blue jay knocked out several pieces of the wasp nest, as upset insects buzzed around, and devoured the larvae. Another blue jay stopped by to check out the cafeteria action.

The next day, the neighbor looked perplexedly at the pieces of wasp nest on the ground. He had planned to eliminate the wasps himself, since the insects threatened his daughters when they tried to play basketball, but the blue jays took care of theĀ  problem for him.

Yay, blue jays (and other blue birds!)

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 12, 2011 11:37 am

    To the rescue!

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