Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Blue Jay "Party"

Went to pick raspberries here this afternoon and the birds were just flushing out of the patch everywhere; don't mind sharing, and besides, many were there for the bugs not the berries. If you read the previous blog - yes - the raspberries "sorta" survived the early frost we had a week or so back.

The usual fare of Catbirds and Brown Thrashers were there enjoying the berries, but we had our first Harris Sparrows of the fall there as well...counted nearly a dozen.

Blue Jay
(prismacolor on board)

The big surprise was the Blue Jay population had suddenly become overwhelming. We usually have 15-30 birds at a time in the Fall but we knew we had at least twice as many, maybe more. Then while berry picking, the Blue Jays began to pass by in droves...we lost count around "80" and still had birds in the yard!

Soon a Sharpie (Sharp-shinned Hawk) showed up cruising the grove and the yard got quieter for awhile...except in the berry patch where the Catbirds were still having lunch.

A question came to mind as the Blue Jays passed through "If a flock of Crows is a 'Murder', what is a flock of noisy Blue Jays? A "Riot" or a "Rumble" might work...

I've actually updated this post and changed the title, as I was shown a site that gives the names for bird "groups"
http://www.birdnature.com/groupnames.html ...a group of Blue Jays is actually called a "Band" or a "Party".

Well they seemed to be having one (party) so I guess it's fitting !

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