Monday, August 26, 2013

A Family of Blue Jays...

My husband and I are always marvelling at the wonderful things we get to enjoy at our cottage.  Last year we were enjoying the Red Breasted Grosbeak, watching it bring it's young to our feeder, and even enjoying the show as the almost full grown youth was fed. This year we have a family of Blue Jays that now visit daily, calling for their peanuts.  There is a mother with her four young and although the young are now full grown, they still rely on mom.  The five of them arrive together, making quite a racket until we bring out some peanuts and set them on the railing.  The young are pretty funny to watch because they still really struggle to get the shells open.  As soon as mom flies off, all four young follow right behind her.  Sadly I haven't been able to get a shot of more than one of them at a time.
Thanks for the peanuts.
So much choice...which one shall I take?

This one looks good!

Look!  I got the shell open!
I'll just take this one in the shell.
Thanks.  We'll be back soon...

This last image was edited with a layer of Kim Klassen's new autumn texture "Savour".


40 comments:

  1. You took some lovely shots of the Blue Jay Linda. The character of the bird shows through them.

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    1. Thank you Phil. They are quite the characters.

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  2. I'm always entertained by these guys!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. I can understand that. They're demanding, but lots of fun.

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  3. Such wonderful captures, Linda, and such beautiful Jays, they're one of my favorites!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

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  4. Fun photos, Linda. I do enjoy feeding and watching blue jays too. :)

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    1. Thanks. They are a great source of entertainment.

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  5. A great series of photos. It would be fun to have those birds so close and be able to watch all their antics.

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    1. Thanks Mick. It is fun, especially as we've watched the young become a little more independent over time and they now come and get their own peanuts.

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  6. Cute series on the Bluejays! They can be loud! Great shots and I love your header! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank Eileen. They're especially loud when they want their peanuts put out. LOL

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  7. Fantastic shots of the bluejays.

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  8. Love your story sequence of the photos. The side view of the jay holding the peanut is awesome. Quite a big mouth!

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    1. Thanks Barb. I had fun putting captions to the images.

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  9. I collect acorns for my jays on hikes. I have a certain stump I feed them on, and it's fun to hear them "call" me about the same time each afternoon, demanding their treats. Your photos are beautiful.

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    1. I know what you mean. 'Ours' were calling by 7 this morning.

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  10. Wonderful! Blue Jays are so entertaining, besides being beautiful. Fun post.

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    1. Yes, they are beautiful birds. Thanks and have a great week.

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  11. So nice shots of the beautiful bird!

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  12. What great photos. Last year the titmice would fly off with the large shelled peanuts in their beaks, they were fun to watch. It always looked like the peanut was way too big for them to get a hold of but they seemed to manage it.

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  13. So beautiful! You really capture some lovely shots. and I love the textures on the last one.

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  14. Great captures. Those noisy youngsters are so much fun to watch.

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    1. Thanks Pat. They sure are fun to watch.

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  15. These are wonderful photos of a beautiful - and sassy - bird.

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  16. Fun photos. I'll bet you enjoyed taking those shots

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