Clark's Nutcrackers - Encore

October 16, 2014  •  7 Comments

As I was working in my office I looked out and knew it was time to take a morning break.   With camera in hand and before the wind got too bad I was able to capture a bunch more of these birds.  They are pretty brave and I had them eating 20 feet above my head and eventually within 10 feet of where I was standing.    It was great fun!

Figured I'd share what All About Birds says about this engaging bird.

"High in the mountains of the West, gray-and-black Clark’s Nutcrackers swoop among wizened pine trees, flashing white in the tail and wing. They use their dagger-like bills to rip into pine cones and pull out large seeds, which they stash in a pouch under their tongue and then carry away to bury for the winter. Each birds buries tens of thousands of seeds each summer and remembers the locations of most of them. Seeds they don’t retrieve play a crucial role in growing new pine forests."

These below are in a series:

Last but not least this one was one of my favorites - can you see the piece of pine nut flying?


Comments

Kim(non-registered)
What an interesting bird! I love the series of shots, they relate to what I've been seeing for the past few days that I might share this week so you see what I mean. Fascinating that they can hide so many seeds and find them again.
Rainfield(non-registered)
What a day.

Both of you, the bird and you, are well entertained.

Have a good weekend.
TexWisGirl(non-registered)
unique looking birds (to me, anyway!) long beaks, mockingbird coloration. very cool!
Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'(non-registered)
Awesome!! They're so handsome/beautiful!! The photos you shared are wonderful Sherry. I especially like the one where it's pecking away at the pine cone. Such diligence.

Thank you for sharing this link at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.
Gunilla Bäck(non-registered)
Wonderful birds and I love the cones as well.
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