Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Steller’s Jays in our Yard

With wild hazelnuts dropping en masse to the ground and elderberries ripening on the bush, it is heaven for the steller’s jays. They are usually very wary of anyone pointing the camera at them. But their greed and competition from other jays make them let their guard down just enough so I could get a few good shots in. Here they are. Enjoy.

Eyeing the remaining elderberries is half the fun.
There is a hazelnut hidden in every husk. Let’s get cracking.
Cracking a nut is hard work.
There are plenty of nuts on the ground. No need to hurry.
I will rest for awhile before I continue my search for the delicious hazelnuts.

21 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

  1. Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

    On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, The Peter and Gertrud Klopp Family Project wrote:

    > Peter Klopp posted: ” Wednesday’s Photos Steller’s Jays in our Yard With > wild hazelnuts dropping en masse to the ground and elderberries ripening on > the bush, it is heaven for the steller’s jays. They are usually very wary > of anyone pointing the camera at them. But thei” >

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  2. Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes. Beautiful photos

    On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, The Peter and Gertrud Klopp Family Project wrote:

    > Peter Klopp posted: ” Wednesday’s Photos Steller’s Jays in our Yard With > wild hazelnuts dropping en masse to the ground and elderberries ripening on > the bush, it is heaven for the steller’s jays. They are usually very wary > of anyone pointing the camera at them. But thei” >

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  3. I’ve never seen one of these birds, or tasted an elderberry. The hazelnuts are what we called Filberts when I was growing up. They came in bags of fancy nuts-in-the-shell at Christmas time, and more often than not I’d end up asking some big person to crack the Filberts or the Brazil nuts. It was a hard job even for me. You might enjoy this short piece about the two-names-for-one-nut.

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    1. Here is my wife’s advice to you if you ever find an elderberry bush and are tempted to eat the ripe berries. They are very poisonous when eaten raw, but cooked and made into a soup they are delicious.

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