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Old Nov 7, 2007, 1:08 PM   #1
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I recently posted this comment in a thread by Sabine withhis very nice picture of a Scrub Jay:

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Western Scrub Jays out here get very tame if they live around houses, learning to take food from peoples hands, even coming into houses where they have been encouraged to do so, and are treated like pets. For some reason, there are none resident within 10 or 15 miles of my house, but one wandered through a few years ago and stayed long enough to teach the House Finches that apples were good to eat, and then left - we haven't had an unblemished crop since!
This is the legacy of that bird's visit - House Finches and a White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile) helping themselves on an overcast day. Pentax K10D and Tamron 28-300 @ 300mm, hand held , ISO 400, f6.3, 1/60 (2) and 1/90 (1) sec. Not the best, due to motion blur (the birds' and mine) and shallow DOF, butthey record the event.

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Those are interesting shots to say the least. I guess an apple a day doesn't keep the finches & sparrows away.Thanksfor sharing. Dan
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Wow, I have an apple tree in my backyard that gets pecked up by those Euro Starlings butnever haveI seen sparrows do this.

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LOL, penolta...looks like the Finches and Sparrows are eating you out of house and apples. I guess they had a good teacher :lol:
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Thanks for the comments - it is a fun story to share.

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Wow, I have an apple tree in my backyard that gets pecked up by those Euro Starlings butnever haveI seen sparrows do this.

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We have Whitecrowns every winter - while this is the first time I have actually seen them on an apple (therewere several, both adult and immature), I cannot say for sure that this is their first time.It may have something to do with the convenient perch before this particular apple (which was also exposed enough to permit a decent picture opportunity).
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