It's been pretty cold outside these past couple of days, but this Blue Jay knows how to keep warm, all puffed up in the bare-branched coniferous tree (is it a tamarack?) in our back yard:
I'm a little surprised I haven't posted any pictures of Blue Jays here until now -- they're constantly around our house and are quite fun to look at, even from far away. It's nice to stop and appreciate the really common creatures every once in a while. Stay warm, Blue Jay!
(And yes, after looking at the myriad hearts-in-nature pictures that have been scattered all over the internet today, I can't help seeing a heart shape in this bird's chest. So... happy Valentine's Day?)