Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blue Beauties

The Blue Jays are among the most beautiful birds that make daily visits to our feeders. It took a while for them to become accustomed to my presence on the front porch, but now they come and go with ease. Often I'll place bird food along the wooden rail for them, just to have a closer view of these blue beauties.  


The adult jays are so large that they sometimes knock a few seeds out of the feeders when they take wing and leave.  That's okay...they return later to get them, if the Cardinals and Doves haven't yet taken them. Nothing goes to waste here.


It's been a pleasure to watch the young jays at the feeders.  Initially they were so clumsy that often they lost balance and landed on the tree trunk or in the grass.  The young ones hang around a little longer than their parents...they take their time selecting the nuts or seeds they like then fly to a nearby branch to eat.


Aren't these young ones adorable?  


In her post "My Blues", Debbie of It's All About Purple mentioned she believes they get a bad rap.  I must agree with her.  From my own observations, I believe that sometimes the jays are a little pushy, but never cruel.  They are hoarders, but do not waste. Other birds take temporary flight upon the approach of the Blue Jays, but I think it's because of the jay's loud calls and larger size.  I've seen more aggression in the Cardinals and Woodpeckers than I have in the jays.  


I love my Blue Jays, I truly do.  So much beauty and personality.  Good company.




Linked with Stewart on Wild Bird Wednesday.


22 comments:

  1. they are incredibly beautiful birds that we sometimes take for granted. :)

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  2. Wonderful post on the Blue Jays! Thanks for sharing the info, I guess they have a bad reputation. Your photos are awesome, have a great evening!

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  3. they are a beautiful bird and a bit loud.

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    1. They definitely like to be heard, Felicia ;)

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  4. oohhhh how cool to read this post and see you highlight "me" here!! Your images are beautiful and I adore my blue jays. I do the same thing with bird seed and peanuts, all the birds love the easy access to the food and treats!!

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    1. The photos of your Blue Jays were gorgeous, Debbie. Thank you :)

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  5. What splendid photos Susan!:) They are beautiful, and like the Jays I see here, amazing to watch. They do hog the feeders and are a trifle noisy, but I also love their visits. The young ones are, adorable. Got my new specs today, so now I'm catching up on your posts.

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    1. They are quite noisy at times. I get a kick out of hearing the young ones call out with their squeaky little voices ;) Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Sometimes Jays are just too pushy for my taste though...:)JP

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    1. They are intrusive at the feeders sometimes.

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  7. Beautiful birds! And I love seeing the youngsters! They have always been a favorite of mine, no matter what anyone says.

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    1. Thank you, Marie. I've grown quite fond of them :)

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  8. Wonderful photos of these beautiful birds!

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  9. We have a Blue Jay or two at our feeders. They are well behaved here. I'm okay with that. The grackles on the other hand...

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    1. I'm grateful that we don't have grackles around here. Thanks for commenting, Steve.

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  10. Lovely blue visitors! They are rather pretty.

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  11. Oh, such pretty Blue Jays! Great Captures!

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