While at Rancho San Rafael park yesterday afternoon, I noticed a Steller's jay fly repeatedly to a large cottonwood branch. The bird landed on the side of the branch I couldn't see but it seemed to be returning to the same spot each time. After maybe 30 seconds the bird would fly to a smaller branch and wipe its bill and then return to the larger branch. Sometimes the jay would land in the grass below the branch and then fly up and wipe its bill on a small branch. I got close enough to see that there were lots of honeybees around the branch. I suspect that the jay was robbing the hive but I couldn't get a good look. Is it common for jays to rob bee hives? A short while later I heard a Staller's jay screeching at something in another cottonwood. I walked around to see what was upsetting the bird and a raccoon shinnied down the tree and waddled into the underbrush. On the way out of the park there were 4 or 5 downy woodpeckers bickering over territory. One would drive another from a tree and the one displaced would drive another from its tree and so on for several minutes. This morning I went to Galena Creek. There were a few pine siskins, lots of Steller's jays and several western tanagers flying around. On the way back to Reno I swung by Damonte ranch. There were a few avocets, some teals and one white faced ibis. Going past Huffaker reservoir there was an osprey perched on top of a phone pole.