Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pinyon Jays and Downys

This evening I went hunting for a flock of Pinyon jays along the South Fork of the Snake River.  I found them visiting a house with feeders near junipers.  With the heavy cloud cover and lateness of the day, good pictures were hard to come by.  Here is a male feeding in a juniper.


Another male takes off from the top of a juniper bush.


I got permission to set up a blind on the property and the first day we have good light, I will be there waiting for some good photos.

I also found a pair of Downy woodpeckers flirting with each other.  Here is the male with his red skull cap on.


Here the female is playing a little coy as she glances at him.


What a great way to spend some time in the wilds of Idaho and the birds of Madison County.

6 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Not bad shots for a gray day. A blind will make it really nice when sunny. Look forward to more.

Carletta said...

I love the Downys! Lovely pics!

Monts said...

Great shots Bill, they are great looking birds,hope to see the next lot of pics.
Also enjoyed the Hawk in the previous post.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love Downy Woodpeckers and your images are great. We also have the Hairy Woodpeckers that look a lot a like. I had never seen an image of a Pinon Jay before, very neat looking birds. Yes, your wife must drive you around;)))

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

She really does look as if she's being coy! I think these are fine photos, and look forward to the ones from the blind.

Kathiesbirds said...

I agree, what a great way to spend a day!