After a summer hiatus my Blue Jay buddy is back

If you are a regular reader of this blog you’ll be familiar with my Blue Jay posts. If not…I have Blue Jays visit quite often, along with squirrels, because I feed them roasted peanuts. I had one squirrel so tamed this summer that he took them from my hand.

Blue Jays are incredibly smart and one in the neighborhood learned English a few years ago. When I would say “little squirrel, do you want a peanut?”  this Blue Jay would show up. Over time I just had to whistle or sometimes the Jay would watch for me and the minute that I appeared on the porch he/ she would arrive on the wire above.

I am inclined to think that this Jay is a female ( you can’t tell them apart as is the case with many other birds…they are both brightly colored ) because over the course of a few months in the summer, there’s no Jay showing up. I think that it’s due to raising the family.

Blue Jays can live from 7 – 17 years or more so this IS the same one that has been coming around for the last few years :)  She / He has been back for a few weeks now and I caught a few photos the other day.  This is not easy….they are incredibly quick! Generally I take about 10 shots for every good one…

“Oh I feel shy! Are you going to take photos of me again???” 

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22 Responses to After a summer hiatus my Blue Jay buddy is back

  1. I had no idea they lived so long! I gave my peanut feeder to a friend because the squirrels and blue jays would empty that thing in just a couple hours. So cool they eat out of your hand. I’ve been meaning to try and get the chickadees to do that.

  2. I didn’t know they lived that long either. when I first moved into the Charmer I had many birds, including blue jays. But as the House Sparrows from England grew in population I have’t seen one since. Never knew they liked peanuts, I guess I’m not the only one!

  3. Karen says:

    bet it is the same one and knows who feeds him/her peanuts!

  4. Nana Diana says:

    I am so thrilled your jay came back! They are quick so that is wonderful that you got the pictures you did. We had some when we first moved here but I have not seen them in a few years. I blame the neighbors that let their cat roam.
    Hope you have a good night- xo Diana

  5. BillieBee says:

    Great photos, but I can’t imagine a Blue Jay being shy…..grin. They are gorgeous though.

  6. Joyce says:

    After a summer of feeding peanuts and corn to only squirrels, blue jays started showing up to snatch them before my little furry friends could! Guess they didn’t get it that a bird feeder was out in front. I found myself in the unusual position of shooing birds away from my squirrel food!

  7. Jane says:

    I didn’t know any of this about blue jays! You really got some great pics, Deb!

    Jane

  8. FlowerLady says:

    I just love that last photo! They’re all great, but that one is super great!

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

  9. Lea says:

    Beautiful pictures. I love the first shy one. We used to live in a place where there were a lot of birds in the back yard. So my husband started getting bird seed for them. Then the squirrels started coming around so he started feeding them too. It was beautiful in the mornings as they all came to be fed. And for some reason we had a lot of butterfly’s there too. I think one of our neighbors must have had a butterfly garden.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Lea it just might have been that more butterflies were around back then / I know that the monarch species is in great danger and has been over the last few years :(

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Lea it sounds wonderful there, in the old place. Sadly our butterfly population seems to be getting wiped out all over the place :(

  10. Kyle Redente says:

    Incredible photos. I’m glad the jay is back and you’d better keep those peanuts handy.

  11. One mighty handsome visitor you have there. :-)

  12. Colleen says:

    Lovely bird.
    We have some blue jays visit from time to time they are strong birds they have gathered nesting materials from the coconut fibers that line my metal hanging baskets. They also can be very noisy, oh and l have found peanuts poked into my hanging baskets so now I have to look up blue jays to see if they store food.
    Right now I am feeding 2 humming birds I don’t know much about them but when I saw one in our yard I got a feeder and read up on feeding them.
    So I have figured out there are 2 and they feed quite a lot so I am glad I got the feeder.
    I have had hummer friendly plants but our years of drought and water conservation make it so I have very few now (not enough to feed a humming bird)
    I am planting sweet pea flowers and eating peas on Sunday
    So the hummer should enjoy them in the new year

  13. Doreen aka Aunt Reen says:

    Such a beautiful Blue Jay.
    How fascinating that these smart birds live that long.

  14. Susan says:

    Back and showing off a little! The first picture looks like he might be praying, “Oh, Lord, give me strength. She has her camera still.” =) thanks for sharing the pictures – so very bright blue!

  15. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, I love the Blue Jays! It is neat you can whistle for your jay to come for the peanut. Awesome post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy the day and have a happy weekend!

  16. I am so happy your jay is back.I had a “relationship” with a robin many years ago,but sadly after 7 years or so he didn`t make it back,thanks for sharing,phyllis

  17. jeanne stone says:

    looks as if you were just quick enough to get some good shots. How fun having the same bird showing up and interact with you

  18. Grandma Kc says:

    He is beautiful and you really need to name him! We’ve started getting crows in our neighborhood this year and they are also very smart! I feed mine peanuts, too – no salt! They will sit outside and squawk until I take them out peanuts. They share the peanuts with Sammy and Sally my 2 squirrels. The crows are intimidated by the squirrels! It is very entertaining!

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