Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday Snapshot: Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Jay at Yamanakako making the serious face.

One of the great highlights of our trips home to North America are the birds. I miss the brilliant colors of cardinals and blue jays, in particular, along with the song of the red-winged blackbird. I take every moment possible to go for walks in the woods or pause when I am out and about to see if I can catch a glimpse of them.

During our recent biking-camping trip to Yamanakako, we spotted a Eurasian Jay and friend hopping about in the woods. Large and striking in terms of color, we stood and watched as they foraged and flew for some time. They also posed nicely for a photo or two. Granted, we don't know exactly which branch of the family we met, but we feel pleased to have made their acquaintance.

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