Since the Scrub Jay population was apparently devastated by avian flu a few years ago, I went a couple of years without seeing any in my yard. But I had a little family that finally came back. This year, there was no sign of them – until today. I was filling the bird feeders when I heard one’s hoarse croak. I looked up, and there was one on the phone line. I put out some peanuts, grabbed my camera, and it wasn’t long before they were coming in for brunch. There are two for sure, and I think three.
This one has some sort of string-like plant material stuck on its chest:
And this one has feathers that sort of stick out on its back, which you can’t see in this photo:
The hummingbirds have been very active this year, too. Here’s one coming in for a landing: