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  •  I read up on Steller last week, and he was a real (14+ / 0-)

    character, out there in the Bering Straits lecturing Bering on lack of Vitamin C--I don't think they had the term Vitamin C in those 1700s days, but he knew that without it one might die of scurvy, and Bering refused to listen to his nonsense and died. Since you didn't use a Steller's Jay image, here's one from my front yard:

    I was putting out the birdseed this morning here in Eureka, and the chestnut-backed chickadee was buzzing at my ear, anticipating some suet. We have a Townsend's Warbler here in summer and fall. I don't have a photo, but here is a watercolor done by my daughter in Santa Rosa:

    W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

    by martyc35 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 01:07:08 PM PDT

    •  Thanks...beautiful (10+ / 0-)

      I appreciate your addition of that great Steller's jay photo.  And that watercolor by your daughter is gorgeous.  What talent!  

      I've been trying to get a photo of the jays at my feeder, but they seem very skittish.  When I reach over to get the camera, even though it is just at the end of my desk, they take off.  

      It was your earlier comments on Steller that started me off on this theme.  So thank you.

      Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

      by Milly Watt on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 01:54:18 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you for following that theme. I learned from (10+ / 0-)

        your discussion, and I was prompted for some reason to zero in on the chestnut backed chickadee. Someone, in a comment in a bucket diary, mentioned to me that I could not have seen a black-capped chickadee in Santa Rosa, CA when I lived there. I stood corrected, and agreed that it must have been a mountain chickadee out of its usual habitat. But today, when looking at the question again, I found a Santa Rosa Chestnut Backed Chickadee without the chestnut, and now I am sure that was the bird that lived in my yard in Santa Rosa. I didn't get a pic of it back then, but here is one I found online:

        This little guy was photographed at Lake Ralphine in Santa Rosa, which is just up the street from where I lived, on September 11, 2012. A bunch of these aberrant guys fed at my feeders year round there.

        New note: the famous Loch Garten osprey, EJ (of EJ and Odin) has returned from Africa to her regular nest in Scotland, today. The Brits are celebrating, big time!

        W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

        by martyc35 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:20:34 PM PDT

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