Yesterday was a Project FeederWatch day and there were few birds around to be counted. A few chickadees, a few titmice, a couple downies and hairies. A few others too, but only one jay. That was weird. Any day that I welcome more cardinals than I do Blue Jays is just weird.
Today as I sit reading and glancing out my windows at the feeders, the jays are crazy busy. At least 8 of them bouncing around in the plum tree at all the Hot Pepper offerings, dominating the tray below the hopper feeder, and chipping away at a bug nut cylinder.
Why today and not yesterday? It’s the same time of day. It’s a little clearer but 20 degrees colder. Maybe it was a colder overnight too. No precipitation either day.
We can’t always put an exact reason on why birds are there one day and gone the next, but to calm our minds and satisfy our curiosity, it sometimes helps to remember a comeback from Roger Tory Peterson to a woman inquiring about a wandering bird: “birds have wings”.