Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring?

We had a major snowstorm on Wednesday (March 12), 10 inches of snow, then the temperature dropped to minus 29. It didn't seem to bother the birds, who are forging ahead with springtime activities.

The breeding season for blue jays is quite long, from March to July. In a given locale, mating pairs emerge from the courtship groups at any time during this five month season.

 This pair was courting in the protection of the cedar tree during the blizzard.
 
 
Male and female Blue Jays are almost identical in appearance.
 Males are just slightly larger than females.
 
 
Displaying quiet ritualistic feeding behaviors,
which indicates they will be a mating couple.


 
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Also braving the storm, a black squirrel.
 
 
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Beep (my granddaughter) is joining some memes this week.
She's thrilled when people drop in to Beep's Blog (Click here)
 
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44 comments:

Stephanie said...

Love these shots. A first to see a black squirrel.

TexWisGirl said...

sweet jays! love your black squirrels. :)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Bravo-= wonderful shots, you sure have talent, lady!

I cannot believe that tiny seed - your timing was perfect, just WOW!

Elephant's Child said...

How very beautiful. Thank you.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The jays are so cute. We're also getting snow. We could get more this weekend than what we had all winter.

Andaje said...

Great shots Karen - a little envy re the snow from here, as we had light snow covering the ground for a total of 8 hours this winter.... wierd weather pattern and now we are marching fast onwards to spring

Icy BC said...

These are beautiful shots, Karen!

We have the same weather, and I heard the blue jay out there but didn't see them.

Happy weekend!

Buttons said...

Great shots Karen. Spring is coming right?:) Hug B

carol l mckenna said...

Love the 2 cardinals ~ they look like 'love birds' ~ beautiful shots ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

artmusedog and carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

Muffie said...

Gorgeous shots of the jays! Their blue coloring shows up well against the snow. We, too, will be getting some of that Canadian cold and snow!I need spring!!!

Ela said...

Beautiful couple of birds and so a lovely squirrel :)
Have a happy weekend :)

lina@happy family said...

Love is in the air! Sweet couple and cute squirrel.
Awesome shots!

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Beautiful photos, but I can't stop wondering why they're not shivering to the point of falling off the tree.

Adam Jones said...

Really beautiful Blue Jays.

Mary said...

So lovely! Such beautiful photos!

RedPat said...

That snow came up from the States and hit us too but a lot of it melted yesterday!

Valerie said...

Exquisite captures, Karen. Thank you for sharing your beautiful part of our world. (I've just returned to Australia from a wonderful 3 weeks on Vancouver Island, and although I'm told it has a warmer climate than the rest of Canada, snow did make its presence felt - albeit fleetingly!)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, this snow has to go!! Love the cute Bluejay couple. And the squirrel is cute covered in snow! Thank you for linking up with Saturday's Critters.. Have a happy weekend!

Pat said...

Such sweet shots of these snowflake-bedecked critters.

Rambling Woods said...

Same here... Love the jays...

Les... said...

Love overcomes all hey? Even a Canadian blizzard!! *LOL*

Really terrific shots of those lovely jays and the fluffed up squirrel looks cute but possibly having a bad hair day? *VBS*

Bob Bushell said...

They are in love, fantastic photos.

Stewart M said...

Splendid shot of the Blue Jays.

Could not get up to the cliff buildings - they stopped the public from doing that in the 1950s! Shame.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Debbie said...

love, love, love those jays!!

will spring ever come??

DeniseinVA said...

Those are the sweetest photos of Blue Jays I have ever seen, and lovely with the snow falling. Hope your spring comes soon :)

Lisa Gordon said...

The snow missed us Last Wednesday, but we sure got the cold, and the wind. Still really, really cold. :-(

Those blue jays are just adorable. Many of our birds are returning, and I feel so bad for them out in this cold, but they seem to do just fine.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend, Karen, and I wish yo a great week ahead.

Me said...

Wonderful Blue Jay shots, kind of reminds me of us, except for the fact that you feed me and not the other way around. Happy Anniversary!

simply bev said...

Black squirrels? I had no idea!

Linda said...

Wonderful shots! Nice to see a little romance!

Linda said...

Wonderful shots! Nice to see a little romance!

Andy said...

When the hormones are flowing the weather and everything else means nothing.

David Gascoigne said...

Great shots of one of our often overlooked and under-appreciated species.

SmilingSally said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of blue jays. What a delight!

Have a Happy Blue Monday!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

How sweet to see this couple taking care of each other during your storm.

We have black squirrels (in town, not out here.) Cute!~

Phil Slade said...

Lovely shots Karen. You did really well to capture such behaviour in the cold and snow. I guess the birds know it won't be long before it warms up.

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Wondrful photos of Blue Jays... These birds are in love :-)
Best regards from Poland/ Michał and Piotr

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Darn cold for courtship! I guess they're ruled by the calendar not the weather. Brrr. Hope you (and the birds) get some real spring soon.

Gail Dixon said...

Such a sweet pair of jays. The photos of them in the snow makes for really pretty images. I don't think I've ever seen a black squirrel. How neat!

LV said...

Sounds like the birds are smarter than humans. They give themselves time to get to know each other.

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

Spring? What's that? Will it ever arrive?!

Beautiful captures!

Anni said...

Snow still, huh? But oh these jays are beautiful in the snow background/foreground. Like two love birds.

Mascha said...

Amazing photos
Only the winter isn't "Weekly Top Shot" but "Weekly Top Shit"!
I'm so sorry for the birds, animals and peoples...

Merisi said...

Incredibly beautiful pictures, great captures!

Merisi said...

Incredibly beautiful pictures, great captures!