Lately I've been seeing a single Steller's jay hanging around.
Of the crow family, magpies are the most common around here. Once in a blue moon I'll notice a flock of gray jays flit about, and of course crows and ravens are common, but jays? Less so.
He was very bold and came quite close.
He actively pecked at this piece of frozen manure. I don't know if he found seeds or frozen larvae or something, but it certainly kept his attention for ten or fifteen minutes.
Less welcome was the sight of a coyote across the field from us.
We've all lost chickens to coyotes, and no one bears much love for them.
While there is a always thrill at seeing furred wildlife...
...nonetheless I waited until he was good and gone before I let the chickens out of their coop.