Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

Scrub Jay Visit
Scrub Jay Visit, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)
Chickadee Feast
Chickadee Feast, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

powerfully alluring
nature is my meditation
a nourishing addiction

How can one resist the daily solicitations of treats from visitors like these?  The bird in the first image is a scrub jay that has been coming quite regularly for the last three years, begging for peanuts.  A definite routine.  He has a charming personality.  Some days he will boldly let you know if you haven’t noticed his arrival yet or are ignoring him.  Other times, he will wait patiently.  When I took this image, he had been waiting for me to finish snapping photos of other wildlife around the yard, but perched himself in a very conspicuous area for me to see him.  Perhaps he knew I was aware of his presence and was confident I would not forget his treats.

The chickadees, as with the scrub jays, are year-round residents in our area.  They also come everyday, seeking their treats from the various bird feeders.  Occasionally they will take off with a peanut half their size, as one is attempting to do in the second image.  Their flight is wobbly with that heavy load, but they usually manage to get their feast to it’s destination.

Nature is definitely addictive.  But that’s a good thing.


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52 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

  1. Nice! What a great expression too!
    When I first saw scrub jays I kept thinking something was wrong, because here we have blue jays with the peak thingie on their heads!
    There is one who sometimes comes quite close to get peanuts from me, but there are never any left by the time the chickadees come, since the squirrels and jays get them all. The jays have been less frequent recently, but the squirrels (and chipmunk) are out there waiting for me when I get up.

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  3. The scrub jay that has been visiting you regularly for the last three years, that is amazing! Love the chickadee photo 🙂 Thank you so much for these two beautiful photos, Fm!

  4. The expression of the scrub jay is really amazing. Seems to have been posed.
    The other bird,chickadee, is too busy eating to pay attention to your glass.
    A big hug

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  6. such great photos presented in your very special way Fergie, just lovely … and the stories about the birds … we have some quite polite but persistent King Parrots who come by now and then, walking around calling to us until we respond with a few sunflower seeds!

  7. So glad I found your site, I fed birds at feeders for years, now I’m on a sailboat and wake up to see what birds are visiting the dock or anchorage. I will definitely be following your posts!

  8. We used to have a demanding Jay when I lived in Colorado. He was such a clever and beautiful guy. And he loved peanuts as well. I love animals. I hope all is well.

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