I don't like Stellar Jays - they are obnoxious, loud and they chase the other birds from the bird feeders. But I will readily admit that they are very pretty - and every now and then, I get a good pic of one.
Many people, especially in colder/wetter climates, take down their bird feeders during fall and don't put them back out until Spring. But there are probably hundreds of birds in your area that still need to eat!
In the main garden, work continues to turn the cover crop under, one shovel-full at a time. This is my first time to overwinter the garden with a cover crop. I chose Polar Triticale and I have been very pleased with it.
Here are the corn rows in the crop circle garden ... today I laid out the soaker hoses along each row. There also will be Jalapeno, Anaheim and Hatch red chiles in this garden, as well as Butternut Squash.
If you raise laying hens, you are likely to encounter a broody hen at some point.