Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Visitor In Our Front Garden


A couple of weeks ago we noticed a lot of activity outside our kitchen window one day.
There were two Blue Jays scurrying through the Mugo Pine carrying sticks and such.


They usually don't come that close to the house, 
so we were curious as to what they were doing.
It didn't take long to see that they were building a nest
 just above the path that we use frequently.


Here is the Mugo Pine and they have built in the upper left corner 
just below the Copper Beech limb. 


As can be seen in first photo I have been leaving some nuts on the iron railing.
They disappear very quickly and I saw the Jays land at one end and 'work'
their way across the rail.


I have had camera ready for two days now but have failed to catch them as of yet.
I will work on this and get a few photos of them coming and going.
Does anyone know how many eggs Jays usually have?
I don't want to scare them away but they seem to not be afraid at all. Very quiet.
Keep you posted.





17 comments:

  1. That is great, Jim! I love these beautiful birds. They come by for peanuts throughout the year and I have had opportunities for photos. Eventually you'll get some great shots. And you'll get a chance to see baby jays. That is exciting!

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    1. I hope we get that chance too Martha. Time to get the camera on 'alert' mode!!

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  2. Blue Jay

    eggs 4-5 typical
    incubate 16-18 days
    fledges 17-21 days after hatch

    Male feeds the female during incubation

    they eat everything, including small reptiles. 30% bug diet they would likely say yippee to mealworms

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    1. Thanks for this Marti! I am happy to hear that the female gets some food as she is 'sitting' all the time. Mealworms eh? I'll look into that.

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  3. How exciting to have a nest nearby! Our Blue Jays are coming nearer and nearer to us as they take the peanuts we offer. They are such characters!

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    1. Yes they are, Pat! They should be 'on stage' with some of their antics! I am surprised that the female stays on the nest regardless they we may just under it.....in protection mode' I guess.

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  4. How wonderful to have a pair of blue jays so close, Jim! I am looking forward to hearing more.

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    1. And you probably will Linda. Stay tuned.....

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  5. I hope they are a pleasant pair. When the mockingbirds nest near the house, no creature or even we are safe after the eggs hatch.

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    1. Never thought of that Sharon. We will see. I know the crows today were very curious about the 'goings on'.
      I'll have those Jays eating out of my hand in no time!! lol

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  6. I'm glad I get to enjoy your birds vicariously. We rarely see or hear s songbird around here because Jacksonville has so many feral cats. The cats thrive on the rats, but they also kill the birds.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Same here in the city Janie. The cats are getting a large number of birds. But out here in the country we can still enjoy them.....the birds that is!

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  7. I don't know how many eggs they lay, but I do know a fabulous garden when I see one -- and I just did.

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    1. Thanks Inger. It's our passion. I will let everyone know how many, if any, eggs are laid. I plan to set up a ladder (from a distance) to get better shots.

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  8. Hi Jim!
    I've been reading through your recent blogs. Terry happened to look over my shoulder and remarked that you took beautiful pictures! Right on E-P!

    I've been enjoying your "Getting to Know Me" stories. Isn't it crazy what teachers have to do to protect their students from "experts" with ridiculous or harmful ideas? I can so relate to the stories you are telling about your students because I've had similar ones in my classroom throughout the years. My school has a program which draws kids from surrounding schools. It is for mentally and physically handicapped children. Many of them would be placed in the regular classroom for some or most of the day. I always loved having these kiddos. They teach you more than you teach them.

    Glad to see your dad continuing to look amazingly well!
    My niece Sara is working at the Citadel again this summer.
    Sure hope Sophie feels better soon!

    Take care!

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  9. Your garden is looking sooo beautiful! How fun to have nesting blue jays. We have a pair of barn swallows nesting in...the barn. This is the third year they've nested there. We really enjoy watching them.

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  10. bird watching is always so much fun. Jays love peanuts in the shell too, and cracked corn

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