Blue Jays are like English cuckoos. They are mean. Yesterday one somehow infiltrated into my train room via wife Sarah’s office. Blue Jays screech. Blue Jays screech VERY loudly. This one made a racket like no tomorrow trying to get out. I got me a towel and after chasing the SOB around my layouts I cornered the vile beast and got the towel over it. As I tried to hold it the blank blank thing bit me. I let it go and retreated. When Sarah returned home we got a much larger and thicker towel, smothered it, picked it up and let it go. If there is a next one I will tell it to leave peacefully or i will belt it with my precious cricket bat.
Later I found out that said bird had left his calling card all over the layouts ………….
Which is how I got into birds. I am not a twitcher and can I identify a very few birds. Lynn Catletts, “You know you’re from Mendocino if …….” facebook page has a plethora of amazing photos of birds who either live here on the Mendo Coast or who fly through it. In our garden there are the regulars and those who come and go. Currently we have swifts/swallows whizzing around our abode.
So, here are a dozen or so great bird photos I have half inched. See how many you know. (Click to see full size.)