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Friday, February 5, 2021

Friday's Follow-Up Re A Visiting Jay

This is a copy of a Mutts cartoon created by Patrick McDonnell. It was initially posted in celebration of the 2018 Winter Solstice, and shows Earl (the dog) and Mooch (the cat) walking side by side through falling snow — while Mooch (who is on the left)  asks, "Is it too late for us to fly south?"

Atop this entry is a copy of a Mutts cartoon created by Patrick McDonnell. It was initially posted in celebration of the 2018 Winter Solstice and I thought of the sentiment expressed by Mooch during the nor'easter which occured in NYC this past Monday (2-1-2021).

As I said in my blog post about the event (which I published the next day) an array of bird types (including a lone American robin, several Dark-eyed juncoes, a number of House sparrows, an entourage of Mourning doves, and a lone Northern mockingbird) spent a lot of time in my garden during this storm. 

The day following the storm, which happened to be Groundhog Day, a Blue jay stopped by my place. The expression on his face was so forlorn (as evidenced in the following sequence of photographs)...

This picture features a lone blue jay visiting an urban garden (in NYC) . At first glance, it seems the bird seems to be looking forlornly at snow (at least twelve inches) that has accumulated. Bluejays are featured in my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Info re these books can be found within another post on this blog @ https:// www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html

This picture features a lone blue jay visiting an urban garden (in NYC) . As I said in my alt text for the image directly above, “At first glance, it seems the bird seems to be looking forlornly at snow (at least twelve inches) that has accumulated.” However this image may reveal that the bird wasn’t forlorn at all and he may have been just assessing if the accumulated snow might be a good source of water for in this image the creature is pecking at the snow with his beak. Bluejays are featured in my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Info re these books can be found within another post on this blog @ https:// www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html

...I thought of this jay when I recalled having seen the Mutt's 2018 solstice cartoon, and I wondered if perhaps that jay was wondering if it was too late to fly south.

I'm teasing by saying this for jay are not migratory birds and they have visited my garden year round in bygone years. 

For your information, my garden is the setting for my three volume hardcoverbook series,  Words In Our Beak (WIOB).

This image features the front cover of my three volume book series, “WORDS IN OUR BEAK." Info re these books is in a blog post @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
MY BOOK SERIES


The goal of these books is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden (mine) in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. These make a great gift to give to love birds who love birds on Valentine's Day

Moreover, I have had a couple of my images of Blue Jays rendered on to cards by FAA (AKA Fine Art America). They can be seen in the images below and either one makes a perfect Valentine's Day card for the one near and dear to you.

But just a quick reminder, Valentine's Day is less than one month away, so if you would like to get or your true love items mentioned in this post please act quickly to avoid delays caused by shipping.

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