Wednesday/ robins & jays

There was a break in the rainy weather today, with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. For the first time in a long while, I saw robins and jays around my house.

The Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife is advising homeowners to take down their bird feeders, though.  Outbreaks of salmonellosis (infection of the bacterium salmonella) are going around in the local bird populations.  There is enough natural food for them, and birds that crowd around feeders can infect one another.

So now our feathered friends need to keep their social distance for awhile as well? Oy vey.

This American robin (Turdus migratorius) was foraging for insects in the moss-covered roof in my neighbor’s yard. The crosshatch pattern in my yard’s fence is vignetting the picture.
A Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) with its black crest and striking blue wings & tail, was squawking up in a tree close by.

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