We enjoy the garden birds -- even the ones considered "pests" . . . and to me the prettiest of the pesty birds is the Jay!
Another reason to like the Jay is that Mrs. Jay and Mr. Jay are so difficult to tell apart and even Teen Jays are like their parents that you have to look closely to tell you that they are part of this year's brood.
Every year we start with two and then along come mid to late July the garden is overrun with these blue birds. They are large and they are loud but we enjoy them and don't mind them in the garden.
They are not greedy feeders either -- for they take one sunflower seed at a time and fly off with it to first break it and then eat it.
The Jays were out in force the other day -- almost as if they were posing around the blue pot on the table under the pergola. It's color echoes their color.
The second picture is a parent and a baby -- I can only tell because first the baby was on another feeder and you could tell by it's wings that it was a teen and not an adult.
It's Monday and time for Blue Monday with Smiling Sally.