Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14

Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14
There were about a dozen bighorn sheep this date 052614 up on Highway 74, above Palm Desert, CA, and right above Deep Canyon.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blue jays~World Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes 053112



As I previously mentioned, we spent the weekend up in Idyllwild, CA, at an elevation of over 6,000 feet.  We rented a cabin there and had both our grown kids and the grandson up for the holiday weekend.  I got a kick out of feeding peanuts to the blue jays.  I didn't see any the first day (and didn't have any peanuts), but both local markets sold them by the pound, so I stocked up.  It took about 10 minutes for the jays to discover them.  We eventually had about 7 jays coming around to eat for the three days we were there.  We also noticed two scrub jays and a couple of squirrels get in on the action.  I noticed that most of the time the jays flew away with the peanuts (hoarding them), but I did see a couple of them banging the peanuts on branches to open them!  They were quite noisy.  I noticed two pairs of jays and some "freelancers".  The three year old grandson got a kick out of the "boo jays" and wanted to put the peanuts out for them every time!  I'm glad he is learning about nature at each family outing.  I intend to make a naturalist out of him yet!  World Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes for Ma 31, 2012.  To visit World Bird Wednesday, please go to:  http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/  To visit Nature Notes, please go to:   http://ramblingwoods.com/

5 comments:

  1. That sounds like the perfect place to spend a weekend..I love the boo jays too and they are hoarders..how smart they are to find the food so fast....Michelle

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  2. Beautiful series of pictures you have taken.
    Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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  3. That's wonderful you had such a nice time. I remember when our family and friends would come up for a big weekend.

    I don't remember seeing Scrubjays there, although not impossible. Those Stellar's Jays rule the roost up there, even over the red headed woodpeckers who can be feisty themselves.


    It would be great to see how big those Queen Anne cherry trees have gotten. Thanks for sharing your weekend.

    Kevin


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  4. Great jay capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. Sounds like an idyllic weekend - and the Boo Jays have a new friend :)

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