Blue Jay Breakfast

The Blue Jay is a colorful member of the corvids, more commonly known as the crow family.  Birds in this family are highly intelligent, and the Blue Jay is no exception.  The Blue Jay is bold, smart, territorial and loud when a potential predator is nearby.  It has a strong beak used for cracking nuts and acorns and is easily identified by its distinct blue and black markings and prominent crest.  The crest is usually flattened down against the head when feeding as show here below.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)



Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

This morning I found an hour to walk through the nature trails at Bill Sadowski Park in Palmetto Bay, Florida. It was a relaxing stroll, and my freshly-applied insect repellent seemed to have the mosquitoes baffled. I was greeted at the trail entrance be three Indian Peafowl. I observed an exciting squirrel fight up in the tree tops. I watched a lazy raccoon sleeping in the branches of a banyan tree. The trees were alive with bird calls of many different different types, most of which I never saw. I did see Northern Mockingbirds, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and some Northern Parulas, the latter two being firsts for my Year List and Life List. I managed to capture a couple photos of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that seemed worthy of posting.

He didn’t stay put for long.  I was lucky to get these shots.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)