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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!


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...


5:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous 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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