Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Blue Jay

The Blue Jay according to Mark Twain:
Now there is more to a bluejay than any other animal. He has got more different kinds of feeling. Whatever a bluejay feels he can put into language, and not mere commonplace language, but straight out and out book talk, and there is such a command of language. You never saw a bluejay get stuck for a word. He is a vocabularized geyser.... He talks the best grammar of all the animals. - "Moral Lecture" 1985 -Mark Twain

From The Corneal Lab of Ornithology:
Blue Jays have a wide variety of vocalizations, with an immense “vocabulary.” Blue Jays are also excellent mimics. Captive Blue Jays sometimes learn to imitate human speech and meowing cats. In the wild, they often mimic Red-shouldered and Red-tailed hawks, and sometimes other species.



Quite the mimicker... More than once I've thought a hawk was eyeing the hens only to find out it was a noisy jay! They're beautiful birds though; especially in the winter when their bright colors stand out against the gray background...




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26 comments:

  1. You bird photos are LOVELY !!!!!
    Happy New year 2013 !

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  2. I so love blue jays. Your photos are excellent. I want to wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year! I enjoy you blog and look forward to seeing your achievements in 2013.

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  3. These are gorgeous birds, always a favorite of mine.

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  4. I love the colors in these birds,so many tones make up the feathers! Happy New Year!

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  5. Great pictures! I've seen a few in my garden but they never stand still enough for me to see them well. Happy New Year!

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  6. And they're lots of fun. Happy New Year Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. such gorgeous birds we tend to take for granted!

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  8. I miss the many blue jays we used to see in Quebec. They are here in Vancouver as well, but it seems, I only occasionally manage to photograph one. Loved your photos and Mark Twain's words. Happy New Year!

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  9. Excellent shots of one of my favourite birds.

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  10. Beautiful colors on the Blue Jay - the snow looks cold - so different from the weather in the southern hemisphere!

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  11. Great garden bird. The way some birds can mimic is remarkable really.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  12. Your photo's are beautiful! I love your garden coops!

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  13. They beautiful birds and it is funny to witness them pretend to be a hawk. Great captures! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  14. Great photos, and very interesting about their mimicking. Now I'll be on the lookout.

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  15. Lovely blue and white feathers on that bird. Happy New Year!
    JM

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  16. They have fooled me, too, thinking a hawk was nearby. (And the other birds) I got a new peanut feeder so they don't have to squawk til I bring more. :) One of my favorites.

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  17. Oh you showed off the jays to their best advantage. I put out peanuts in the shell during the fall and they carry them off to cache. Here they come into yelling the call of a Coopers Hawk which is the most common hawk I have in the yard..Smart..smart birds...Michelle from Nature Notes.. Happy 2013

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  18. So true. In spite of their noise ,disruptions , and outright bullying of other birds at the feeder, Jays are fun to watch. I too have heard Jays making hawk sounds that caused my flock of ducks to , well...duck and look to the skies. Another time while outside gardening, I kept hearing a phone ringing, but there are no phones anywhere near where I was. Yup, it was a Jay perched above me in a tree. He must have been chuckling ( you just know Jays chuckle) at me.

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  19. Beautiful bird Rebecca! Those Jays can be rambunctious can't they?

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  20. Unbelievably amazing shots!

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  23. Interesting and informative! We have Red-shouldered Hawks that live in our neighborhood and we also have at least one Blue Jay that mimics them. It might also explain why I have heard what sounds like an aboriginal Bull-roarer, but still think that it's a different kind of bird since whatever it was it had all the Blue Jays in an uproar. Anyone have any ideas about that mystery bird call in SW FL?

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