Welcome to the mon@rch nature blog and I hope you join us in some of our nature adventures through the Allegany State Park area!
I am a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer from the Western New York area. I have started exploring nature writing through this blog and it truly has been fun sharing my numerous adventures with everyone. Thanks to the many other authors that help me with my post and they will be sharing some of their nature explorations.
I have always had a latent interest in birds and photography and have been lucky enough to find time to explore these interests over the last few years. I am very thankful to the Cattaraugus County Bird Club for getting me started, sharing their wealth of knowledge and for their wonderful programs. And many thanks to Tom for letting me share some of my adventures and photos on the Monarch Nature Blog.
Thank you for taking the time visiting and commenting on this blog.
Goodbye poor Jay
26 February 2008 at 7:45 pm
Poor little Blue jay, probably never knew it was coming. *quiet funeral music playing in the background*
26 February 2008 at 8:08 pm
@ Marg – Ya . . . I hear ya! They are always regular visitors in the morning!
@ YN-J – We had both coopers and sharpy in the yard this weekend! All my birdies have been flying around! I actually cut back on my seeds at the feeders because of them! But, this did happen!
26 February 2008 at 8:14 pm
Tom- How cool…Great white balance, exposure, and color saturation! Amazing shot, this is a very powerful image. I can only imagine what this looked like as the hawk was taking down the blue jay. I always thought that bird hawks took sparrows and small birds, not larger birds like a blue jay. Great capture.
26 February 2008 at 8:34 pm
Dang. I’ve had a Cooper’s perched above my feeders all day. That’s a rather grisly picture, Tom . . . . but it does tell the story. They never seem to take the House Sparrows . . .
26 February 2008 at 8:36 pm
Eeek! Bloody bluejay feathers. Everyone’s gotta eat.
26 February 2008 at 8:37 pm
@ Tom – for once you wish the colors don’t turn out that great they do! Thanks and I have found where Coopers have taken Pigeons, etc.. Thanks
@ Cathy – Coopers they never do take house sparrows. Thanks
@ Lynne – ya, you should have heard what my mother said to me over the phone about this . . . I guess you could call it a bird feeder! But why do they have to leave that in my yard?
26 February 2008 at 8:56 pm
Blue Jays are so beautiful.
26 February 2008 at 9:02 pm
26 February 2008 at 9:41 pm
Whoa … that sucks. Somehow it seems more tragic when it’s a beautiful bird like a blue jay that gets eaten.
26 February 2008 at 9:42 pm
Should have been a House Sparrow instead of a pretty Blue Jay. Oh, well. Sad.
26 February 2008 at 9:43 pm
Oh yes..been there , seen that, sad but a way of nature!!
thanks for sharing..
I have some pics of a Merlin eating a Junco
26 February 2008 at 9:53 pm
Oh ..by the way
your blog ROCKS
I want a NEW camera!!
26 February 2008 at 9:54 pm
Poor little delicious blue jay.
26 February 2008 at 10:32 pm
@ Lisa – they sure are! Thanks
@ Nick – thanks but I only hope you are saying that because your on the Accipiter’s side!
@ Marty – Exactly, thanks!
@ Mary – I agree but when I don’t get House Sparrows . . . something else has to take its place!
@ Deena – Thanks and would love to see that Merlin shot!
@ Liza – I agree! At least it wasn’t one of my Bluebirds that I heard this weekend!
26 February 2008 at 10:54 pm
Hey, it’s nice to hear everybody say good things about Blue Jays 🙂 I have friends with feeders who complain about how much the Blue Jays eat, how much noise they make, and how rude they are to the smaller birdies.
27 February 2008 at 12:21 am
oh wow, I’d love to see a cooper… well, and a blue jay for that matter just to finally get a photo of him. One eats my dogs food. Is that normal? What an interesting blog today. 🙂
27 February 2008 at 2:10 am
@ Grace – they can be many times frowned upon! Thanks!
@ aullori – we have both coopers and shapie in the area recently! LOL with the dog food!
27 February 2008 at 9:27 am
Wah, sniff, sniff, poor birdie. I know everything has to eat, but this is just a sad sight.
27 February 2008 at 9:58 am
Okay, pull yourself together, Zen, and gather up a little Zen Acceptance. It happens in nature.
But so….bloody. Couldn’t he have cleaned up some? 😦
27 February 2008 at 4:09 pm
@ Pam – I agree 100% thanks!
@ Zen – it could have been those Pine Grosbeaks in your yard! I would have been shaking my broom at the coopers if that happened! Thanks
27 February 2008 at 5:37 pm
Oh, my! Because they are bigger they make a good meal for some critter. Boy, I can see I have a lot to learn about birds. I had to look up, Accipiter!
27 February 2008 at 6:18 pm
Serious ambush took place there.-A reminder that nature is not only beautiful but sometimes terribly violent as well.
27 February 2008 at 8:02 pm
OH NO!!! Poor Mr. Blue Jay!
No words needed for this picture!
27 February 2008 at 10:10 pm
Yum…blue jay gumbo.
28 February 2008 at 12:09 am
A true work of art. It would make a great painting.
28 February 2008 at 6:20 am
@ Linda – is the genus for Coopers or Sharpy! Thanks
@ Larry – I could see that happening! It can be sometimes! Thanks
@ Chicago – sad to say for sure! No words is exactly what I was thinking!
@ Susan – LOL . . . I know you are always on the hawks side!
@ Vern – thanks and would be an interesting one with the hawk in it!
28 February 2008 at 6:40 am
Eep! And so we see again, that nature IS red in tooth & claw…
28 February 2008 at 2:57 pm
Looks like the Cooper ate the bird on the ground right in front of the other Blue Jays–how sad!
28 February 2008 at 5:48 pm
Your unlucky bluejay must not have been paying attention…..when Cooper flies into my yard the jays start calling their loud warnings and ALL the birds fly away and hide!
29 February 2008 at 7:48 am
Nature red in tooth….and blue in claw?
1 March 2008 at 10:39 pm