I remembered blue jays as primarily grey-blue. With their disappearance due to the West Nile virus, I had forgotten what stunning birds they really are: grey-blue, yes, but light blue too, with white and black. Up close they offer much more contrast than I remember. A pair landed in the backyard, picking seeds next to the garage bushes. Are those a male and female? I asked my beloved. To us they look the same, he said, but probably they can tell the difference.
We assumed they left
Down the West Nile… but no.Or maybe they merely
Took a very long trip.