Blue Jays and Chickadees

Today was dark and cooler so not great for photography, but here is a Chickadee and a Blue Jay.

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

These are both year-round denizens of our garden. Both are omnivorous. The jays eat other vertebrates but we still seem to have no shortage of birds, frogs and the like, so we still enjoy their visits.  We grow a lot of sunflowers (and the birds ‘plant‘ quite a lot of seeds themselves that I often leave to grow in random places) so that gives them something else to feed on.

On the other hand we don’t like neighbourhood cats eating the birds and other small animals. This one is particularly well disguised. Once I spotted it, I asked it to leave and not return. I suspect it will.

Notice the milkweed seed pods in the middle. I’m ever hopeful that the monarch butterflies will return.

Neighbourhood Cat
Neighbourhood Cat