Monday, July 20, 2009

Scrub Jays and Space

You know it's going to be a good day when your in-box holds an early morning email with photos attached from Vince Lamb. Vince is a scrub-jay expert, skilled nature photographer, Florida Naturalist, volunteer extraordinaire, and a nice guy! In response to an out-of-state friend's question, I'd asked Vince about the best time to observe our scrub-jays. He sent the following reply, accompanied by the two photos you see here. Florida scrub-jays are great any time of year. From May until September, the juveniles are detectable by the brown heads, although that effect fades by September. Some breeding behavior like sharing food can be observed in March and April. Scrub-jays are hard to find when it is windy or rainy. They do not start feeding until approximately 30 minutes after sunrise and find a roosting place for the night a half hour before sunset. They seem to take a siesta around noon in the heat of the day. Many of the seasonal differences are more important to people than the jays. Hiking in Florida scrub is nicer in late October than mid July.

Cruickshank Sanctuary in Rockledge is a good place to spot a friendly scrub-jay. You can read more about the Sanctuary in the March 3 post on my Space Coast Eco blog.
Don't these pictures bring a smile to your face? Many thanks to Vince for sharing. Be sure to visit his photo web site - see Reference Links below.
I'm not much for retrospection, but this is "do you remember" day here in Brevard County, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of man's first step on the moon. I was working in Titusville for a defense contractor on a wire-guided, shoulder-mounted, anti-tank missile system. My son Charlie was nearly five years old, and we lived in Cocoa. Co-worker and good friend Chickie Stucka (RIP) had come over for dinner. We played cards with Charlie until his bedtime, then played cribbage while waiting for the big event. We watched the grainy image on my little tv - probably a black and white model? Florida Today had only been in business a few years, and they did a great job of covering everything. Their coverage of this anniversary has been excellent also, and they've set up a pretty amazing web site for it. Be sure to follow the link below. (Photo Credit NASA)
I guess a little retrospection is OK, so about 10:58 tonight, I'll be thinking of those "good old days."

Reference Links:
Space Coast Eco (Cruickshank Sanctuary post)
Florida Today (Moon landing site)
NASA (Apollo 11 - Celebrating the "Giant Leap")

1 comment:

Vickie said...

Great images and thanks for the info! Look forward to seeing these birds.