It was pecking on a decayed log on the ground when I first saw it. Then it flew to a tree. Then back on to the ground again.
Then came the Stellar's Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri)! First sighting of the year! These are the first Jay photos taken with my new camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18), and I am quite happy to see them so close in my photographs.
This was the second individual that I saw. The first one came quite close to me and was very vocal about it. Then it got into a fight with a crow, but it returned soon after.
Stellar's Jay is the provincial bird of where I live (British Columbia), and it is native to Western North America and is the only crested jay west of the Rockies. I always get jealous of other bloggers' taking photographs of Blue Jays, so I am quite happy to see the return of their colorful relatives (more colorful than the usual white, black, gray, and brown) to our area. I wonder where do they go in the winter, probably south?
Then came the large flock of Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) in Terra Nova. Very impressive, but also very messy, as the bike tires were covered with grassy feces within a few metres.