Stellar Jays live in the pine forests in Southern California’s mountains.
Oregon Dark Eyed Juncos are local birds and are related to sparrows.
Burrowing Owls are “a species of special concern,” in Southern California, where much of their natural habitat has been destroyed by development. Petitions are being submitted to the state to change their status to endangered.
This handsome jay was hanging out on a picnic table, waiting for a handout.
So, of course, I gave him one!
Juncos are quite tiny, and rather shy, so they are hard for me to photograph. This guy was unusually cooperative!
Burrowing owls nest underground to hide from raptors and raise their young. People and organizations all over California are setting up underground Burrowing Owl boxes to help shelter and protect these adorable owls. It is a rare thrill to see them out of the boxes curious about the human who is photographing them! These guys were being sheltered by The Big Bear Zoo & Rehabilitation Center.
Cheers to you from a few of our local feathers~