Before I go on, I’d like to point out that I’m not a «birder» per se … my interest in birds, mainly waterfowl, started late in life, and I’m not out early mornings with binoculars … I just love them and to take pictures of them when I can.
The Blue Jay has been elusive lately, but yesterday I saw this guy, sitting around in Rockwood Park.
When I had first arrived in Quebec, the blue jay was my first bird acquaintance. There was so much snow, so his lovely blue colour really stood out, and I thought it was some exotic bird that had escaped from a cage! He has remained a favourite of mine. I never tire of looking at his intricate design.
When we’d lived here in Saint John for some time … I think we were down by the Reversing Falls, when I saw something small and bright yellow flying by. It happened too fast — I couldn’t see what it really was.
This Yellow Warbler, was just waking up one early morning last Summer in Rockwood Park. I started going there real early last summer — not only for birds, but also for the serenity and the colours of the morning … the, almost indigo, light the minute before sunrise. It’s priceless.
I have yet to see a Cardinal bird in real life. I’ve seen from a distance … a bright red spot in some bushes, but I can’t say that I’ve seen the real bird yet. Countless, gorgeous pictures, though …
Can’t think of many birds back home with these bright colours. One that comes to mind is the Eurasian Bullfinch (Domherre).
My mum used to put out birdseed all the time during the Winter months, hoping for the ‘domherre’ to show up, and he did, most of the time.
This picture of these bullfinches, is from Wikimedia [what a wonderful website to have around when you need a picture]. I don’t have any bird photos of my own from Sweden.
The Blue Jay has a distant relative in Sweden — the Eurasian Jay — but it’s beige and one thing that shows they’re related is a small blue patch on its wing.
I’ll sum this up with the American Goldfinch before it gets to be too long. They seem to be quite common, and they often hang around down on Tin Can Beach. Last Summer was extremely hot, and this little guy was taking a bath! Good for him… 🙂