Monthly Archives: October 2014

How old is that Blue Jay? Really?

blue jay with kousa dogwoodAt The Edge of the Wood we always enjoying watching everyone prepare for winter. Here we see a Blue Jay and a squirrel vying the delicious sweet fruit of the kousa dogwood tree.  According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site the Blue Jay’s “…fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.” No wonder the Blue Jays are always talking up a storm. They are probably exchanging gardening tips.

 

When is a house not a house?

house finchWhen it’s a House Finch. They  like to nest under the eaves of buildings, thus the name, though they also will nest in trees, shrubs, and on the ground.  The House Finch has not always been found in the eastern United States. In 1940, they were illegally captured in California and imported to New York by pet dealers. Fearing prosecution, the dealers released their “Hollywood Finches” on Long Island in 1940. Since then the finches have spread to all corners of the east and have even rejoined their relatives in the west. It seems even Hollywood was too small for this little finch.