This evening as I was leaving the office and hopping in the car to speed away after a long day, I was stopped in my tracks…by a flock of marauding bluejays.
I’m still amazed by the natural sights I see around me every day since I left city life behind me. And the more I learn the more I realize how little I know about the world around me.
I first noticed a couple of jays flitting from tree to tree and paused to watched them. And then they just kept coming! Forty or fifty jays, filling the nearby shrub with living baubles.
I looked it up when I got home. Turns out blue jays sometimes forage in flocks. And, more to the point, they migrate in huge flocks. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it’s a bit of a mystery how and why they migrate. Some stay in one place all year round while others take off for a warmer winter. But scientists aren’t sure what motivates the movers or the homebodies.
At any rate, it was pretty cool to see so many jays in one place. I’m not accustomed to seeing them in flocks and it was striking to see all those flashes of blue moving through the bushes.