Clark's Nutcracker

October 11, 2014  •  5 Comments

Just when I thought I was running out of posts to share with you I awoke Saturday morning and let the dogs out front and saw a large flock of Clark's Nutcrackers.  Right in my yard!  This is another first for me here as I've not had (that I've seen) any of these guys come through although I have plenty of pine trees.   

These birds spend the summer burying pine seeds (and I've got an abundance this year that I've not seen in a while) to sustain them for the winter.  They, like squirrels, remember where they bury them and the ones that they don't extricate to eat are critical to the starting of new pine trees.  Cool huh?   These guys were just feasting though and not burying and best of all, they don't raid the feeders!

Busy birds that are a lot of fun to watch!


Comments

Gunilla Bäck(non-registered)
They're very handsome birds.
Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'(non-registered)
And amazing birds they are! Not only smart, but oh ever so beautiful! This is a new species...so I'm very thankful that you shared the link at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!
Marie(non-registered)
Great shots! How wonderful they stopped by when they did. They are beautiful birds and very interesting too.
Betsy(non-registered)
Hi, I saw this little beauty when we were in Yellowstone in 2012... I had no idea what the bird was --so had to do some research to find out... So gorgeous!!!

Hope you are having a good weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy
Brian King Images
It's pretty unbelievable the percentage of nut locations they remember! Cool birds.
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