We find the house on Stanley Lane, Chico, where a Blue Jay has been visiting the feeders.
CAVEAT: lots of laymen i.e. non-birders see jays that are blue in color, and call them Blue Jays. They are all wrong. Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata resides in the eastern half of North America. Some winters—and it’s pretty darn rare—one or two Blue Jays from Idaho or thereabouts show up in Northern California. The “normal” jays in California—also blue in color—are Steller’s Jay, Cyanocitta stelleri, Pinyon Jay, and Western Scrub Jay Aphelocoma californica. Non-birders get really mad at them, when I try to explain this to them.
So, the point is that it’s been 5 years since the last Blue Jay was seen in the state, and—darn—this one is an hour north of the F Duck. So we spent New Year’s Eve in a Motel 6 in Chico, with a bottle of champagne.
No problem, let me get my German Bundeswehr army knife. Uh, oh. It doesn’t have a corkscrew. Apparently, the Germans don’t want their soldiers drinking while shooting guns. Oh, wait! I have my Swiss fireman’s rescue knife! Uh, oh. It doesn’t have a corkscrew. Apparently, the Swiss don’t want their firemen drinking while rescuing car crash victims.
At 10:30 p.m. we gave up on getting that stupid cork out (or in), and went to bed, and fell asleep before midnight. Wow, that was one wild New Year’s party.
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Tundra Swans, Cygnus columbianus
PHOTO CREDIT: MIKÓ TAMÁS (TOM MIKO)
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2 with 70-300 mm lens