If I put peanuts in the tree out back it’s just a matter of minutes before the blue jays know they’re there. I have my camera nearby on a tripod while I sit inside the house with a remote shutter cord in hand.
(Don’t forget if you click on a picture the bird will enlarge and maybe even bite you!)
I don’t know how they know, but once the word gets out there are a bunch of them circling, waiting for the blue jay traffic controllers to clear them for landing. Honest, these pictures are not all the same bird.
They don’t go directly for the peanuts. Nope, there is a process. Each one will land in the upper branches and start acting oblivious. They sort of just look about as if to say, “Hey, I just got into town, just trying to get oriented. Those? Oh, you mean those peanuts down there? Hmm, yeah, maybe I’ll try one of them.”
Then each one drops down a few feet more to a lower branch and repeats the same routine it acted out when it first arrived higher up.
Then it’s a sudden drop down to the limb closest to the nuts, a quick double check to make sure no one is watching, then swoosh—get in, get a nut and get out. Nothing to it.
…or should I say nut’n to it!
Books by Marc Kuhn: THE POPE’S STONE, an historical novel that follows two descendants of a Virginia family who, despite living a century apart, share uncanny similarities in their lives; NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE, a collection of whimsical verse featuring thought-provoking “never-do’s” that children should beware of; and ABOUT A FARM, a children’s book about challenges we all face every day, regardless of where we live. All three books are available at amazon.com and each has its own .com website under its title.
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