Bluejay Singing a Song of Spring

Blue Jay Singing a Song of Spring

The Blue Jays have returned as well. Welcome back to Minnesota little one.

From Wikipedia:
The Blue Jay can be beneficial to other bird species, as it may chase predatory birds, such as hawks and owls, and will scream if it sees a predator within its territory. It has also been known to sound an alarm call when hawks or other dangers are near, and smaller birds often recognize this call and hide themselves away accordingly. It may occasionally impersonate the calls of raptors, especially those of the Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, possibly to test if a hawk is in the vicinity, though also possibly to scare off other birds that may compete for food sources. It may also be aggressive towards humans who come close to its nest, and if an owl roosts near the nest during the daytime the Blue Jay mobs it until it takes a new roost.

Northern Shoveler with and Itch

Northern Shoveler with an Itch

Adventures from the Bass Ponds continue; I saw a Northern Shoveler for the first time years ago in Lake of the Isles, I thought my eyes were playing tricks with me, such a large beak on a duck! That sighting got me into birding and looking for these less common feathered critters. It ended up being an expensive experience; I’ve spend a pretty penny on lenses. These guys are quite a ways away, I promise I will bring my monopod next time I go.

Juvenile Bald Eagle Overhead

Juvenile Bald Eagle Overhead

The eagles are returning to the cities! He must have seen me because he flew right towards me and showed off his under feathers. I’m still not sure if he is a first, second or third year. If you can figure it out, please comment and let me know. Thanks to Crystal for taking me to the Bass Ponds in search of the early birds of the year! Stay tuned, more birdies coming!