I saw some sunshine yesterday and I photographed some birds! A couple Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay in Ophir Canyon Road in Tooele County were the most cooperative of the jays that I found. One of the jays was perched on a pinyon pine that had some snow on the boughs and as I watched and photographed it I could see it eating some of the snow. The temps were below freezing and any water nearby was frozen so the snow provided the jay with a drink.
There were about 6 to 8 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay flying into the junipers and pines on the side of the canyon but this one seemed to like its piney perch because it flew off and almost immediately landed in the same place. I took way too many images of this one bird!
One of the other Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay popped up on the top of a juniper even further away but I couldn’t resist photographing it despite knowing the jay would be small in the frame and I am glad I ignored that little voice in my head saying “its too far away” because I quite like this image of the gray and blue jay with the junipers in the background and the juniper branch the that jay perched on that shows the juniper berries. The scrub-jays do eat the juniper berries in winter so that might have been why they were in this location.
I don’t know if the scrub-jays appreciated the sun shining on them yesterday but I do know that I sure did after going through so many gray days.
Life is good.
Western Scrub-Jays became Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays in July of 2016