Oct 28
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As a “flatlander” born and raised in the Midwest, I must admit that spending time in the Rocky Mountains is always a near-religious experience for me. The wide open vistas, spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife encounters make me feel just like a kid in a candy shop! There is just too much to see and do during each visit and it always makes me eager for my next trip.

And with each new trip… the feeling of renewing old friendships grows stronger.

I have never lived in a location within the range of the Black-billed Magpie or Stellar’s Jay and yet they are like old friends. On each visit I seek them out and arrange to spend some time together…the trip would not be complete if I did not have a chance to see them.

Fortunately, during my visit to Colorado last week, my host had a very active feeding station and I was able to become reacquainted with my old friends and indulge myself in watching their antics. Over the course of four days, I never once tired of watching these energetic and spunky birds come and go!

It was a very cool experience to see them so up close and personal…and I think I learned enough about them to say we have truly “bonded’ the friendship!

Needless to say, I can’t wait until my next visit with my old friends!

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