Local Feathers~

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~

245 thoughts on “Local Feathers~

  1. I really like burrowing owls, Cindy. Fun photos. They used to nest along a bank next to Cal Expo and the American River. Fluffy delights. As for Juncos and Stellars, there are hundreds of the former and dozens of the latter hanging out at our house now. –Curt

  2. Have you ever noticed that that birds have penetrating eyes? That was the first thought that came to me when I was viewing your phots. Birds recognize our presence and seem to anticipate our next move, judging the distance that is required to keep them out of our reach. Sometimes (well, quite often) I wonder if we are the most intelligent creature that walks, flies, swims this earth. Hugs!

  3. The Stellar Jay’s are certainly…, stellar…and they have blue eyebrows! Our juncos are quite drab by comparison, Cindy, only double shaded gray, but still beautiful in their own birdish way. Is Spring ever going to get here? I’m still sitting here looking at a frozen lake with snow and freezing rain in the forecast for the rest of the week…yuck!!!!!. 😁s from the hinterlands

    • Thank you! I was admiring your photos and I think we are neighbors. I recognized many of the places in your photos, including your cover photo of Torrey Pines towards La Jolla. Beautiful!

      • Oh that’s awesome. That spot in Torrey Pines is so beautiful ❀️ Do you have the green parrots flying around in your area right now too then? I just can’t get enough of them. They’re loud but so pretty.

        • I have been trying to find them. I’ve been driving all over and always seem to miss them. Where and when are you seeing them????? I know they are in Pt Loma, OB, La Jolla (where I grew up) sometimes. Where and when are you seeing them????? I will go immediately. I am in love with wild parrots. Lucky you!

          • Aw I’m sorry. I’m totally in love with them too! They’re so beautiful. I’d say best time is in the morning between 8 and 10. It’s kind of hard to say where but if you park and listen you might be able to locate them. Point Loma and Coronado. They’re not by the beach ( seagull territory). I’ve seen them quite a few times on Orange ave by Chase bank in coronado. I hear them right now as I’m writing this. And it’s 7:45am. I hope that helps and that you’ll get to see them soon. Last year I got photos of them eating these flowers and apples. Maybe I should make a blog post on that πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„

            • Thank you so much for the tips! Please do the blog post! And alert me that you did. I want to see them!
              I know they forage during the day, and I am usually looking either, early or late. I love parrots so much.
              They are wise and beautiful birds. I am envious that you have them wild around you in San Diego.

      • Cindy, for about 10 years, my husband Dave and I had what turned out to be like a bird sanctuary. We had feeders, fountains for drinking, and bathing for the birds (all kinds) as well as humming bird feeders, We also had little bird homes strategically placed for safety for the birds from predators. We had a large backyard with a small forest of different types of trees and vegetation…for the birds. We has a gazebo for them as well. Our property was a cacophony of wonderful conversations between birds, baby birds, and any danger about. Everybody do it and to hide in the little bird houses. My husband and I would set on our covered porch and watch all the goings on in “bird land”, it was wonderful. So, I love you pictures of all animals, but birds I love the best. Thank you again, for sharing these wonderful photos.

        • Oh my gosh, this moved me, so much!
          You were running a birdie spa!
          I know exactly how much of a wonderful thing this is to live around.
          Bird always seem to me to be waiting for us to watch learn, about them certainly, but maybe more so, about ourselves.
          Good for you for seeing.

          • Cindy, I know…the more I watched them, the more I realized they were a lot like humans in some extraordinary ways. We moved to a different location and I really miss my birds and all the other little animals the came to stay (bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, humming birds, and two owls.) I planted apple trees too. They loved it. Karen πŸ™‚

              • Cindy, yes! It is so wonderful to be with animals, birds, creatures of all kinds in the wild kingdom, and our beautiful earth. I grew up in Connecticut and our back yard was literally a forest. My cousins and siblings spent all our time exploring it. It was an animal preserve with bears, lots of deer, and everything you can imagine. Also, it was a farming community. I loved it and miss it still. Karen πŸ™‚

  4. Wow – what handsome Jays – so different from our local ones (who are the “enforcers” in the neighborhood for all the other birds) Not sure if yours are like the Rocky MT Jays which we enjoy seeing when there – will have to look that up.
    It does seem like CA is getting all the rain/snow that has been missing for year. Hope the plants can hold the land and soil hold ht moisture for summer.
    Great pictures! (Owls! we need all the ones we can get)

  5. That stellar jay is a handsome guy! Our junco in Wisconsin are just white and gray. And who doesn’t like owls! I love hearing them hoot on a cold winter night – echoing through the trees πŸ™‚

  6. You have gorgeous local feathers, my friend! I love the Burrowing Owls…the only difference between those in California and those in Florida is that our tiny owls make their own burrows…the soil is soft enough for that here.

  7. I remember the jays and junco’s from when I lived in California but never saw a burrowing owl. Probably wouldn’t find many in the middle of Burbank. ;( Even seeing them fly around, I never saw what you have shown me here with these photos. I remember how tiny the juncos were. The owls are my favorite though. Just adorable. I hope they find a way to save them from us.

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