Saturday, July 12, 2008
Papa Jay And The Feeding Lesson
Blue Jays always come to the birdfeeder for the chopped peanuts. They love peanuts. They will stuff as many peanuts into their mouth as they can, take them to wherever they're going and come back to stuff some more. One day I had an idea. (Yeah, I do sometimes) If they liked peanuts that much I wonder how close they would come to get them. So I went out there, put some in my hand and stood there. Blue flew over to the nearby roof, about 15 feet away, and looked at me. He then flew to a closer roof, about 6 feet away, looked at me but wouldn't come to my hand. So I put the peanut on the ground about 4 feet away and he swooped down and grabbed it. We did this a few more times and I thought "Hey, this is fun". So every day I would sit out there with the peanuts and we would both have a good time. Then one day when I went out to play, I saw that he had his 2 kids with him. All three sitting on the roof. Mmmm, I wonder how this is going to work out? I sat down on the ground and tossed a peanut about 4 feet away, he came down and took it back up to the roof and gave it to the kids. We did this a few more times and then the next time I tossed it out there he came down and just stood by it. Didn't pick it up. Flew back to the roof without it. Stayed there a minute, flew back down and just stood there again. He did this 3 or 4 more times. Finally one of the kids flew down and grabbed it. Dad flew away and let him have it. Now I have 3 jays to play with!!!