Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I posted earlier about how happy I was to have
attracted a Blue Jay to my backyard feeders.
I thought it only fair to show the cast of
characters who have had the even tenor of their
days shattered by a noisy blue jerk.

"This is the treacherous month when autumn days
With summer's voice come bearing summer's gifts.
Beguiled, the pale down-trodden aster lifts
Her head and blooms again. The soft, warm haze
Makes moist once more the sere and dusty ways,
And, creeping through where dead leaves lie in drifts, "

Autumn Sonnet
Helen Hunt Jackson


Kathiesbirds said...

We have a similar cast of characters in our yards! You could see the house finch, the house sparrow, and the nuthatch all here as well! Though, is that a gray squirrel? It looks awfully black to me, yet not quite an Abert's.

Guy said...

Hi Kathie

That is indeed an Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis according to Mammals of Alberta " In Alberta, this large tree squirrel is mainly black" I know most squirrels I see in Calgary are black. We have been in this house 18 years when we moved in they were all black. Over the last few years grey squirrels with buff tummies have appeared. Currently at least two black and one grey visit regularly.

All the best.