Slideshow: Backyard birds photographed through windows

To birders, “looking through the glass” refers to binoculars. Wildlife photographer Glen Apseloff, however, thinks of the phrase as referring to the windows of his house. Using a handheld camera without a flash or special filters, he has photographed enough birds from inside his house, through closed windows, to create two books. Some of the photographs and text in this slideshow can be found in his more recent book, Backyard Birds and More—Looking Through the Glass. All of the birds in this slideshow, like all of those in his books, were taken through closed windows from inside his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

He wrote each of the captions in the following slideshow.

Chipmunk and Blue Jay

Chipmunk and Blue Jay
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Blue Jays are related to crows and are highly intelligent; captive Blue Jays have been known to use tools. Males and females look alike, but males tend to be slightly larger. Juveniles appear grayer.

Some Blue Jays migrate, but others do not, and some will migrate one year but not the next. They’re omnivorous and are considered aggressive, although they seem relatively skittish around my back deck; they usually perch nearby, fly down to snatch a peanut, and then take flight almost immediately. When they are less timid, they often share feeders with other birds and sometimes with chipmunks. Like chipmunks, they also cache food to be eaten later.

The oldest documented Blue Jay in the wild was banded in Eastern Canada in 1989 and found dead there, entangled in fishing gear, in 2016. It was at least 26 years and 11 months old.

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Glen Apseloff

Glen Apseloff is a medical doctor who writes medical thrillers and photographs wildlife. He has published several wildlife calendars and two books about backyard birds and one about chipmunks.

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