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.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blue jay with a different beak~Nature's Notes~092012




A large blue jay appeared over the weekend at the cabin up in Idyllwild.  I immediately noticed that he had an oddly shaped beak.  It was much longer and curved that a normal blue jay's beak.  I watched him and got some photos of how he got corn in it.  He didn't approach the corn "head on" like the other jays...he went at it sideways.  He ADAPTED!  I saw him every time I put out food, so obviously he has managed to overcome his "adaptation".  I was glad to see him doing well.  Here are some photos of him and the last one shows a normal blue jay, so you can compare. Can you see the difference?  Nature's Notes for September 20, 2012. To stop by Nature's Notes, please go to:   http://ramblingwoods.com/

5 comments:

  1. Isn't that odd!! Glad the little guy is able to adapt and get something to eat. Very interesting.

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  2. Nice capture, you're very observant! :)

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  3. I had a chickadee with a bill deformity and contacted a scientist who is studying this..the web site is here... http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/index.html

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  4. I do see it! Still a fine looking bird. Is this the same guy who was taken by the hawk?

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  5. No, this blue jay wasn't taken by the hawk. That was the previous weekend. This guy apparently is quite old...he was the biggest jay we saw all weekend, so apparently he's doing okay with his bill and he has learned to adjust. What is it that Darwin said, "It isn't the most intelligent or capable species that will survive...it's the species that is the most ADAPTABLE..." (something to that effect...)

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