The Current Normal – Backyard Birds – Blue Jays

There is a fair bit of bird activity in and through our back yard this year. Usually, I am inside or on the back deck when it happens and nowhere near my camera. The moment I go inside to grab the camera and then exit into the yard, the birds are nowhere to be seen.

For some reason, the jays have been flipping and flapping through my yard, perhaps looking for food, harassing the sparrow nests, going for a dip in the bird bath or hiding the peanuts in shell that the neighbour puts out for them.

In any case, it is always nice to see such a pretty bird and even their scolding calls are a pleasant change from the incessant cawing of the crows.

The following photos were taken on June 16, 2020.

Pretty Bird
He seemed to be listening.
the early bird gets the worm, even if he is late

The following photos were taken on June 20, 2020.

This was the strangest thing. This jay fluttered down into my garden and lay spread-eagled (spread-jayed?) out in the dirt, with his beak open, for about 3 minutes. Sorry for the fuzziness, but, I took this photo through the deck screen. By the time I got outside, he was back up and looking embarrassed. What was this about? When I checked the bird forums, I learned that it is called “anting” and is the way a bird cleans its feathers. Who knew?
cleaning procedure complete
I just love the patterns on his feathers
beautiful tail feathers
this pose is like he is hiding in embarrassment
maybe I can duck down here and he won’t see me

9 thoughts on “The Current Normal – Backyard Birds – Blue Jays

    1. Thanks. Blue Jays seem to be the only jay we have in our area. When we visit the mountains, we also see the Canadian Jay (grey jay/Whisky jack) and the Steller’s Jay. Jays are always so mischievous. Thanks for reading. Stay well. Allan

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    1. I have seen a couple of the smaller bluebirds, but you are right, you may never be able to capture them. We have a Blue Jay nest on each side of our yard, so there is a lot of action. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


  1. You managed to capture fantastic photos! I love blue jays, it’s one of Ireland’s most striking birds with its bright coloured pink, white, black and blue plumage. Thanks for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva

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    1. Mom and Pop Blue Jay are bringing the kids by these days to get them ready to survive the coming migration. Like a squawky teenage boy, you can hear the babies voices changing day by day. Will miss them when they leave. Thanks Aiva. Allan

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