In August of this year, I took my Welsh visitors for a drive to Shannon Falls. We had a great time strolling upwards towards the stairs leading to the falls. We wandered through forest growths of cedars and beside the creek where the waterfall ends up and people were jumping from rock to rock or just simply cooling their feet in the frigid water.
JUMPSjourney back to the car, as we were winding our way through the old forest growth, I just happened to look up - I have no idea why - but there was a bird sitting on a branch immediately above my head! I quickly and quietly readied my Canon EOS Rebel T4i camera and started shooting. The bird didn't move. So I went in for a closer shot - and then closer - the bird didn't move. It was almost as though this bird was actually posing for me! I thought it was a blue jay, but on further research after returning home, I discovered it's a Stellar Jay.
Apparently, the blue jay resides through most of eastern and central USA, although western populations may be migratory. It is predominantly blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest.
The stellar jay, however, is native to western North America, and has a black head and upper body. It is also known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay, and pine jay. It is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains.
Here he is in all his glory!
Isn't he gorgeous!
Hope you all have a jolly week and we'll be back next week for the letter L as in Leslie!