Saturday, April 20, 2024

Home invasion?

I walked yesterday on the shore of Upper Campbell Lake; a warm, sunny day, too bright, and I wandered down faint trails in the shade under the evergreens. There, a pair of Steller's jays found me and then followed me out onto the road, back under the trees, making comments ("What are you doing? Get out of here!") when I stopped to look at trilliums, until I returned to the campsite where I had parked.

Mostly, they stayed in deep shade, far above me, but I managed to get a few photos.

Cyanocitta stelleri

"It raises or lowers its crest to reflect its relative state of agitation," says the guidebook, Birds of Coastal BC. I gather that they weren't happy with me. 

The tail feathers are blue on top, charcoal grey underneath. Adults have bars on the wings.

Keeping a close eye on me.

The Steller's jays nest in April or May; once the 2 to 6 eggs are ready, the female broods them for 16 days, then the pair keeps busy feeding them for another couple of weeks. This couple were out together, with nothing to do but follow me; she must not have a full nest yet.

Caminé ayer al lado del lago Upper Campbell. Un dia brillante; tuve que abandonar mi chaqueta por el calor. Opté por vagar en el bosquecito, en sombra. Una pareja de arrendajos de Steller me encontró allí y me siguieron, haciendo comentarios —¿Qué haces aquí? ¡Ya lárgate! — cuando me detenía para mirar las flores, hasta que por fin regresé a donde había estacionado el coche.
  1. Arrendajo de Steller, Cyanocitta stelleri.
  2. El adulto tiene barras en las alas. 
  3. Vigilante.
—Levanta o baja la cresta para reflejar su estado de intranquilidad — dice el libro guía, Birds of Coastal BC. Parece que esta pareja no estaba conforme con mi visita.

Los arrendajos de Steller anidan en abril o mayo. Una vez puestos los 2 a 6 huevos, la hembra los incuba por 16 dias, después ambos se ocupan en traer comida para los polluelos por otras dos semanas. Puesto que esta pareja estaban juntos, sin preocupación aparte de vigilar el sitio, creo que todavía no tendrían listo el nido.

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous bird! But not easy to photograph. Thanks for these.


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