Wednesday, June 28, 2006

50. Blue Jay

I think it's fitting that a Blue Jay take me half-way. Jays have always been some of my favorite birds, and were probably the first species I could identify (as a child). We don't have Blue Jays in California, at least not around here, only Scrub Jays and Steller's Jays.

While those birds share a lot of the same characteristics, they aren't the birds I remember so well from my childhood. The birds that used to dive-bomb the owl decoy in the back yard. The birds that used to bunch up in the trees, crying, "thief, theif" at neighborhood cats.

When I was at my mother's place, in Georgia, I heard one in the trees outside, signaling that old familiar alarm. Number 50. Sound counts. Still, I wanted to see one. And when I met my father I told him that I was hoping to actually see a Jay.

Yet the next day, when dad came bounding into the room at ten till seven in the morning, at the little cabin on the lake, surounded by water, saying "come quick, come quick," I had no idea what he was on about. It was, of course, a Jay. For the second time in two days, my 50th bird of the year. And I was glad to see him.

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I spotted 28 species of birds in a single morning in Eufaula. I'll be adding all the new ones over the coming days.

1 Comments:

At 11:07 AM, Kidd Matteo said...

I like this log.

 

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