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Wednesday’s Photos

Stellar Jay’s Photo Session

Stellar jays are extremely wary and skittish birds, especially when they notice your camera pointing in their direction. To distract them from my presence, I put a few sunflower seeds onto the top rung of my stepladder. It worked! Here is my photo story. Enjoy.



Hello! My name is Stellar Jay


What do I see? Sunflower seeds, my favourite snack.


I wonder if they are safe to eat.


They look OK to me.


Yummy! What a delicious snack!



  1. Ulli · November 13, 2019

    Lieber Peter,
    was für ein toller Wicht! Schön, konntest du ihn überlisten. Ein bisschen erinnert er mich an die hiesigen Eichelhäher, aber die haben nicht diese feine Haube. Kennst du zufällig den deutschen Namen für ihn?
    Liebe Grüße


    • Peter Klopp · November 14, 2019

      Der Name im Englischen ist Steller Jay (nicht Stellar, wie ich geschrieben habe) und ist nach dem deutschen Biologen Steller benannt, der diesen Vogel beschrieben hat. Der deutsche Name ist Diademhäher. Liebe Grüße!


      • Ulli · November 14, 2019

        Aaah, also auch ein Haeher! Danke dir Peter, liebgruess, Ulli 🐦

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  2. Robert Parker · November 13, 2019

    wow he does seem to have a suspicious look on his face, but what an interesting -looking bird, and congratulations on getting these great shots!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Stella, oh, Stella · November 13, 2019

    What a beautiful bird! Another one that does not exist in Denmark.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Amy · November 13, 2019

    Amazing shots! I’ve never heard of or seen that type of jay—very interesting looking bird.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · November 14, 2019

      Apologies for misspelling these amazing birds. These Steller Jays and thanks for the comment,Amy!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Amy · November 14, 2019

        I still have never heard of them and had no idea you’d spelled it incorrectly!! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Pure Glory · November 13, 2019

    Peter, you got some excellent shots. Nothing like coming prepared with sunflower seeds! Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. shoreacres · November 13, 2019

    I’ve never seen one of these, but your photos certainly are stellar!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · November 14, 2019

      Thanks for the comment! In the meantime I found out that the correct spelling of these birds is Steller Jays, named after a German biologist.

      Liked by 1 person

      • shoreacres · November 14, 2019

        That’s all right. Even with a changed spelling, the pun still works.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. crowcanyonjournal · November 13, 2019

    These critters have a bad reputation in our neighborhood. They tend to attack the nests of other birds and then eat their eggs. My neighbor got so mad when he witnessed this behavior in his own backyard that he picked up a rock and threw it at the jay. Unfortunately. his aim was wide and he broke his own window!

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    • Peter Klopp · November 14, 2019

      I agree, they are not only a nuisance, but they also dominate the access to the bird feeder and don’t let the little birds come near, for which the sunflowers seeds were intended. I have to buy a new bird feeder.


  8. The Cedar Journal · November 13, 2019

    These are beautiful birds. Yes, they have a rap sheet but in the winter they are gorgeous color in the snowy terrain. Great shots Peter!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Phebie · November 14, 2019

    A very lovely bird.


  10. jml297 · November 14, 2019

    Fantastic photos, Peter! And I love the seed trick – it worked a treat.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · November 14, 2019

      I need to install a new bird feeder, because the jays do not let the little chicadees and nuthatches come near to the feeder i am using right now.

      Liked by 1 person

      • jml297 · November 23, 2019

        Some birds can become very territorial about such things – sharing doesn’t seem to come into it. Good luck!

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Steve Schwartzman · November 14, 2019

    What a point the feathers on this jay’s head form.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. arv! · November 15, 2019

    Good job in distracting birds!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. floresphotographic · November 17, 2019

    They are peculiar looking birds. We don’t have any like that!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Deeksha Pathak · November 20, 2019

    Peter smart thinking to get these wonderful shots with perfect titles!

    Liked by 1 person

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