WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

We live in a natural aviary.  I learned Wednesday night that Bravo Lake, which I have featured several times on this blog, is one of the best places in CA to bird watch.  One morning last May I went out in our front yard and found a blue jay egg in the planter area lying on the bark.  Blue jays lay blue eggs – of course!

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“Pardon my dirty spot. My parents sit on me.”

The last time I found eggs in a hazardous place for them, I called the Wild Life Protective Services, and found out that birds have no sense of smell in their beaks, so don’t know that you have handled their eggs.  So I didn’t feel badly about experimenting with this one.   As I turned it, I noticed that it already had a chip off its shoulder.

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It rolled around for a while as I watched hands-free.  After that, I put it back in the bark where I found it because I had to leave.  By then it had another chip out and several cracks.

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It was gone when I came back.  Maybe it hatched.  We have a lot of birds at our house.

For more interesting objects click here.

What wildlife do you enjoy right in your front yard? Yes, even insects count if they bother or interest you enough to notice them!

Other Bravo Lake posts.

 

 

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

22 thoughts on “WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Object”

  1. WOW – this reminds me of the story ‘Are you my mother?’ I wonder if the little chick would have asked you this question of you’d been there for the hatching 😀

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    1. They do imprint, I imagine. I would have had my hands full. They eat a lot! 🙂 A friend of mine used to raise birds. she had a 1900 square foot aviary, and had to go home at lunch every day to feel the babies. I’m not that dedicated, I’m afraid! 🙂

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  2. I am sorry to say that an egg on the ground or worse, a freshly hatched chick would be predated very swiftly. They are pretty things but collectors do enormous harm as they move from the common to the rare and even endangered species. We are surrounded by birdsong at the moment and I love it.

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