It's quite overcast and gray this morning. But we lament not, for the gorgeous neighbourhood jays fill my eyes with brilliant blue even when the sky remains dull.
What fun it is to watch them scan the area and then swoop in for a peanut in a shell. More than one is preferrable, if they can jam the second into their bills. They do check first to see if the shell is full or not. Smart birds, no use trucking off empty shells -- they must feel the weight, too light and they discard it for another.
Then, depending, they will either find a spot to hide their treasure, burying it under dead leaves up against the fence or under little snowy mounds. Or, climb to a safe spot on a bare branch and beak away at the shell until a nice plump peanut pops out... just in time for breakfast. Peck, peck, peck.
And so my morning begins with a glimpse of heaven in shades of blue.
Wishing you a lovely day,