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October 27, 2007 Trailday Newsletter                       see more photos of the day
Hello Trailblazers,

This has been an unusually hot Fall out here on the Trail. The past couple days of cooler weather has been encouraging and it's a great time to be outside working.

It's been busy this month, and we look forward to sharing the events with you.

Hot Flashes
Those of you who have had the good fortune to sample Judy Clark's monthly culinary adventures know that she somehow manages to raise the bar, and then jumps over it month after month.

September's Scrub-Jay Day was no exception.
In honor of National Menopause Awareness Month, Judy provided "Hot Flashes" a chocolate brownie with a touch of hot chili pepper. What a deliciously unusual treat! We can only wonder what November will bring.

We will be accepting contributions to the breakfast table.Please let us know if you plan to attend.

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Blue Alert: Missing Scrub-Jay

The ways of the Wild are often very mysterious.

When we returned from our trip to Maine on September 19, we looked forward to seeing the scrub-jays, after a week's absence. Two appeared on the back porch: "WHO", the female, and the juvenile. However our male, "BY" (blue over yellow bands) was nowhere to be found. We have been observing this bird's behavior for 10 years and know that he's not one to just "disappear". As the days and even weeks passed, we never saw him again, and even "WHO" and the baby were getting more and more difficult to spot.

We know that this time of the year is very strenuous for the birds, especially considering the mating, nesting, rearing of young, feeding of the new young and caching of acorns. Considering "BY"s age, he may have been in a weakened condition due to this strenuous workout and either gotten picked off by a hawk, or just passed away. In any event, he is greatly missed. He was the clown of the family, and never missed the opportunity to land on your head and mug the camera.

But strangely enough, one day we saw two jays flying together, and then a third was spotted off in the distance. Eventually, the three came together, and within a few short weeks, they were flying together as a family unit. Our guess is that it was a male that had ventured into the territory, knowing that a male was missing. Happiness once again, prevailed on the Scrub-Jay Trail.

This lovely picture of "BY" was taken by Tom Lamb on April 24, 2007.

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Cubs on the Loose

The Webelos II Den 5 from Clermont descended upon the Trail this month and left their mark by planting sand live oaks and installing low-volume irrigation. Fifteen scouts plus parents learned about scrub-jays, their habitat and how they can help preserve Florida's
only endemic bird.

Any time the scouts visit, it's always an exciting experience.

      see pictures in the Gallery                              read the article in the South Lake Press

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Bluebirds are Back in Town

It's very early to be seeing Bluebirds again, but 8 of them have returned to the boxes during the first week of October. These boxes were donated by Christy Conk and Jana Harris, and installed along the left side of the driveway as you arrive.

Thank you Christy and Jana, and the Bluebirds thank you, too. We look forward to many young birds growing up on the property.

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Orientation Next Weekend

Next weekend we will have an orientation on Saturday from 8-11 for those of you who would like to introduce the Florida Scrub-Jay and the habitat to your friends or family please give them your personal invitation to join us.

Let us know who you have invited as we will be most honored to have them as our guests.

Contact us at    info@scrubjaytrail.org   or   352-429-5566.

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