Juncos and Jays!
I've had Blue Jays all summer, but suddenly I have a lot more of them. It is possible that some of these jays migrated here from farther north; a theory postulated in this blog post by Chris Petrak. I like that idea, but I can't be sure the extra Blue Jays didn't move in from next door! Isn't he a beautiful bird, though?
I'll always be crazy about Blue Jays, despite their voracious appetites and somewhat aggressive feeder habits. Can you believe my mother used to make me chase them away from the feeders? She said they were hogs, and ate the food intended for the little birds. Maybe that's why I always feel so defensive of them!
I have to admit that up close they can look a little scary!
My first Dark-eyed Juncos this year look much darker than usual. Freshly molted feather, maybe?
I hate winter with a passion, but who could could fail to celebrate the return of winter birds like the Dark-eyed Junco?