September: The Acorn Woodpecker and the Steller's Jay Getting Ready for Winter . . . . . .
Steller's Jay in Summerhaven with 2 peanuts, one shelled and held in his throat, the other ready for winter storage. Canon R6 RF 100-500 mm at 343 mm, f/5/6, 1/2000 second, +1 EV. Post production in Lightroom Classic.
Those who follow my blog regularly (both of you) may have noticed that my last post was at the end of July, on spring migration! Now it is September! So sorry for the delay, but August was a busy month including the Tucson Audubon Society's Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, a day trip to Mt. Lemmon for the Camera Club Tucson Trek Special Interest Group, as well as a 4 day trip to Portal AZ the end of the month. Now I am back to blogging, beginning with this post on two of our resident species in SE Arizona, the Acorn Woodpecker and the Steller's Jay.
Late summer is a time when fledglings join the ranks of adults, many birds are molting creating comic confusion, and nuts are stored for the winter (literally!). So let's start with the Acorn Woodpecker going after food.
Henry Johnson, photographer and author of this site. For more detail, see About