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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Don't Take Me For Granted


One thing I have learned from blogging is what I see all the time and think nothing of, is new and wonderful to people in other parts of the country or the world. Take this Western Scrub Jay. Some time ago I put a photo of one on the blog and several people got all giddy about it saying things like they would give almost anything to see one. So I look in my bird book and see that, yeah, folks east of the plains states don't have them.

This fellow is a bit more rarer for the Western Scrub Jay as he is the coastal form common in parks, backyards and woodlands of coastal California. He is different with his white bib flowing into his breast as the regular Scrub Jay just has a white neck.

So I can understand, for when I see Painted Buntings and Cardinals on people's blogs I get a little giddy and would give almost anything to photograph one.
Oh, and I won't take this noisy, squawking, scruffy looking bird for granted anymore.

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26 comments:

  1. thank you!!! it's true. never ever have seen one of those!!! trade you a cardinal and a painted bunting for one! :)

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  2. These are beauties, indeed...great shots! Here in B.C. we have the striking Steller's Jays. With their loud, racous call, one can't miss knowing they're around.

    I also agree with your words about what we take for granted being exotic to other people. I laughed at you comment about the cardinal...they were my favourite bird when we emigrated to Ontario many years ago, and I, too, get excited when seeing pictures of them since they don't frequent our part of the world...

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  3. Never seen him ...and always excited seeing other birds from other parts of nature!

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  4. Being an Easterner, I've heard of scrub jays but never seen them. I have a woodsy backyard, and I've learned the cardinals are always in pairs, so if you see four bright red males, you have to look more carefully for the four tan females, but they are there. Also, from my feeder in the woods, cardinals are the first to eat in the morning, and the last in the evening, refined, dainty eaters, a nibble, a look around, another nibble. The jays are guzzling fast-fooders.

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  5. У вас получились прекрасные фотографии! Птиц очень трудно фотографировать, они такие шустрые!

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  6. And don't forget us bloggers over the pond in Europe. I love seeing all the wonderful wildlife this planet has to offer...
    A lovely post thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hola placer pasar a verte, hermoso pájaro , que bellos colores. los amo. son tan graciosos e inteligentes. abrazos.desde el sur de América.

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  8. yes, that is how it is. I once psoted a greylag goose and some people was so happy to see it. I was startled as we have thousends of them around in migration times.

    Love yoru blue birds. Sure, we don´t have them in Sweden. :)

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  9. Great post and awesome shots of the Scrub Jay. I have been lucky to see the Scrub Jay during my travels. It is always exciting to see new birds though.

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  10. I so relate. When you see the same birds everyday...it can be easy to "take them for granted". Once my Cardinals along with other regulars when MIA. I was beside myself with worry until they came back a month later.
    Love your Scrub Jay! I have never seen one.
    Sinbad is a very pretty orange tabby.:)

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  11. I'm not a bird person so I don't get that giddiness, but I do enjoy your critter photos :) Especially the long eared one below!

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  12. One of our favorites up here in Northern Cal! I love that whole family (ravens, crows, jays, magpies, etc).

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  13. I love it. Such a cute little bird.

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  14. yeah, I know what you mean. isn't one of the best things about blogging seeing and learning about all of the beautiful creatures that are native to other parts of the country, and world? our eyes can see things we wouldn't otherwise be able to see. like this beautiful regal blue bird. I take cardinals for granted, but always say a prayer of gratitude each time I hear one sing in the early morning or around sunset. I get a new perspective and learn to appreciate things I take for granted when someone sees my common, everyday world and thinks it's special. and that's a great thing. really nice bird shots John. the background in that bottom photo is spectacular. so too the little guy. his blue feathers are extraordinary.

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  15. He is a pretty bird. I love seeing new and different (to me) animals on other people's blogs. We have scrub jays here, but I've never gotten a good photo of one.

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  16. No one would take your wonderful photographs for granted. You make the Scrub jay look grand!

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  17. Learned something here, which is always a good thing.

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  18. A lovely bird indeed.

    We should enjoy all our 'common' birds; one day they might not be so 'common'.

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  19. Not sure if I've seen this bird. I know I have several times seen the Florida Scrub Jay. When I first saw it the western and Florida(Scrub Jay) were considered the same species then later they split the two. Nice photos.

    So is the orange tabby Sinbad? We have an orange tabby named Grumpy, just recently found out he has FIV.

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  20. Hi there - think about the reaction your birds cause in Australia!

    Thanks for visiting my blog - you may find my other one worth a visit - had a look though a number of your post. Interesting stuff.

    Cheers Stewart M - Australia

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  21. It is true: what might be not of significance to you, might be huge to other people. I've never seen birds like these. Excellent shots!

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  22. Stunning capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  23. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit my Mallard images (from my trip to Sweden). The ones I photographed are in a park frequented by LOTS of people, some of whom probably feed the ducks so they are totally unafraid of humans.

    As for your Scrub Jay images... spectacular! I totally understand how we can take for granted the birds we see, not realizing they are special to others. I have Cardinals in my garden all the time and recall the first time someone went on and on about how lovely they are to see because out west you don't have them!

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  24. Wonderful images of a bird I have never seen!

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  25. I always marvel at the cardinals. Would love to see one in real life. They don't come to these parts....

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