Posts Tagged ‘Araneus’

The Well-Trained Western Scrub Jays of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This Western Scrub Jay is just like all the others at San Francisco Botanical Garden (aka Strybing Arboretum) – it loves to sit in a tree about ten feet off the ground waiting for you to hold up a peanut above your head. Then the jay will fly over, grab the nut out of your hand, and then either eat it or bury it like the larder hoarder that it is.

This one decided to hang on a tourist’s hand for a bit before flying off. You might get an infection if your finger gets scratched by a talon but you probably won’t get West Nile Virus, so that’s a good thing:

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The Arachnophobic (Spider-Hating) Blue Jays of Golden Gate Park

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

This coastal Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica, aka California Jay, Long-tailed Jay ) in Golden Gate Park don’t like them spiders. You can tell because the blue jay spotted a web from a great distance, found a tasty, 8-legged, 4-eyed treat (Araneus trifolium, aka Pumpkin Spider) and then mashed it into bits.


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Per the comments section, perhaps “arachnophagic” is a better term to use…