Of Earth, Wind, and Birds – August 8, 2018
With a changing climate come changing winds, and implications for feathered riders of the breeze
At the end of a third day of seemingly ceaseless high winds in the portion of western Colorado that I live in, I watched a tired and subdued Steller’s jay trying to take a little shelter from the seemingly unending spring tempest. A normally energetic species, this fellow had plainly had enough. The Steller’s jay is common to Colorado, but not at lower elevations nor in the sere adobe hills of my neighborhood. The mature, if non-native, trees here often provide an artificial bird oasis. My yard had plainly appealed to this fellow as a welcome respite.