Tuesday, May 01, 2007
We have a new neighbor. Yesterday when I was at work, Tom sent me an e-mail with an attachment. I opened it to find the above picture. WOW! A Stellar's Jay at our house. I have lived in this place for 14 years and have never seen one in this neighborhood. They tend to stay in lower elevations. When I was a kid I never saw them in Anchorage, and Tom only remembers seeing them in Prince William Sound. I am going to ask our friends who have lived in Glen Alps for 36 years if they know of any Stellars around here.
These jays showed up again today, with a grey jay and a dark-eyed junco in tow. They looked like a gang of marauders. It did bring to mind the black-billed magpies. I wonder how they compete? They seem to occupy the same niche. And we have not seen the magpies in two days. Hmmmm.....any speculations?