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Friday, April 10, 2009

Emily's Jay

During a bird-ringing session last week, my trainee Emily caught and ringed (banded) her first Jay. This handsome bird is a member of the crow family and has a viciously sharp beak. It left both of us with bleeding fingers!




10 Comments:

Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Beautiful bird! And beautiful your last post of Galway Bay. Ireland certainly is lovely, and Scotland. I love the green, and the rolling hills.

2:29 pm  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

I love the beaded look of the blue on the wing. Wow.

5:54 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Wonderful close up shots of the bird. It looks quite comfortable too. I would hate to hurt it by holding it too hard.

10:55 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Beautiful jay. Pity they are such vicious little bastards! They eat baby birds. Yes, yes, yes, I know it's survival of the fittest, biodiversity etc. but I still don't like it when nature expresses itself red in tooth and claw. (do jays have teeth?)

Badger was nearly pecked by a swan yesterday.

10:28 am  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Ugh, made my fingers hurt and clinch just to think about it - yet it is a lovely blue!

Happy Easter Maalie!

2:33 pm  
Blogger simon said...

certainly looks sharp!

3:42 pm  
Blogger T and S said...

Beautiful series of images on the Blue Jay. They are winter migrants to India and I m still waiting to get my first image of this bird.

4:28 pm  
Blogger Limey said...

Trainee??!?

5:06 pm  
OpenID alcessa said...

I find jays beautiful, too... Plus, we have so many here in Schwarzwald, but I have never seen one so close...

5:33 pm  
Blogger Babooshka said...

I am very, very envious of these images. We don't get jays here, and the opportunity to ring them. Fabulous.

12:17 am  

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