Blue Jays at Wilket Creek: February 28, 2022

Anyone with a bird feeder in Ontario will no doubt be familiar with the jaunty Blue Jay. We heard and saw several this morning at a chilly Wilket Creek.

Blue Jays
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jays
Blue Jay

Some of our jays migrate as far south as Louisiana in winter while others stay with us all year.

Blue Jay

When Major League Baseball awarded Toronto an expansion team in 1976, the name “blue jays” was chosen after a “name the team” contest. The first game was on April 7, 1977 at the old Exhibition Stadium. It was played in falling snow with the spectators in right field chanting “We want beer!” Eventually beer sales were allowed.

Photo: Toronto Star

Toronto won the game 9 -5 over Chicago. I know all of this because I was there and still have the ticket stub.

Other birds from this morning:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Dark-eyed Junco (female)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Mourning Dove
American Goldfinch
Black-capped Chickadee

West Don River

Some botany:

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

This morning’s group:


This poem is a loving description of my grandparents and their home:


When I tiptoe back in memory

As quiet as a mouse

I stop, delighted, every time

When I come to grandmother’s house.

Perched on a hill,

Up a crunchy drive,

Joyous visits there

Brought me alive.

Her glockenspiel, her Innuit art

Her projects spilling all over the table,

Her blue eyes glistening,

Her pretty ears listening.

She transformed everyday life

Into a fable!

Outside I picked field asparagus,

Smiled at her rain-barrel blue,

Sniffed the thyme on her lawn,

Sometimes saw a fawn.

Her little house

Had a name,

It was Cobble Hill

Built of cobblestones from a nearby river.

In memory

The beloved blue door

Is always open.

And she welcomes me in.

5 thoughts on “Blue Jays at Wilket Creek: February 28, 2022

  1. rosemarie fischer

    what a nice post,all of it…..have a feeder with whole peanuts and the Blue Jays go “nuts”….no pun intended….thanks Miles……Rosemarie


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