This Blue Jay’s Here to Stay

Rescue a bird, make a friend; that’s the blue jay way. In this video from The Weather Channel, a nice South Carolina man did a good deed for a feathered neighbor, who now visits him every day for hors d’oeuvres and gossip, not to mention a bit of sunbathing on his porch.

Picture 1

Picture 2



  1. Von Zeppelin says:

    Pic number 2 looks like they have a few martinis to go with the hors d’oeuvres. Careful, Mr. Jay. The FAA won’t like to see you flying in this condition.

  2. I’ve never seen a jay sunbathing like that!

  3. LOL catch those rays little blue Jay Guy!

  4. MamaLlama says:

    That’s one happy boidy!

  5. He looks beautiful.

  6. awww…dude! don’t let any kitties getcha! they need some sunflower biscuits or something for him!

  7. Looks like he’s still fledging some bebeh fedders. What are they feeding him, cat food??

  8. I really hope the neighborhood cats don’t see this. He looks like a little hors d’oeuvre himself spread out there.

    And is a monorail really a monorail if it it can fly?

  9. A house cat knows it will get kibbles for dinner
    So if it catches a bird it must be a sinner.
    Most birds are careful and stay in the trees
    Because some cats are bad and do as they please.
    Indeed, birds do not mind a cat with a bell,
    In fact, they can get along very well.
    But birds that are wary are simply the best
    For it is risky to put a cat’s nature to test.

  10. AuntieMame says:

    If this was a comic book, the second photo would have a “SPLAT!” caption.

  11. Cambridge_Rat_Mom says:

    @Paunchie: It is hypothesized that birds will sit in the hot sun like this to warm their feathers up in an attempt to overheat and thus kill parasites (mites) that are part and parcel of the life of most outdoor creatures.

  12. Glad to know he’s prepared to be an empty-nester. I hope he’s right. I hope the bird does go off to live a normal Jay life.

  13. Okay I got caught up in all those weather videos LOL

  14. Jess&Friends says:

    Sometimes birds fly into our windows. All of our birds have been able to get up and go after a half an hour or so. I don’t touch the birds but I do sing to them, it helps them calm down.

  15. Seeing as it’s a blue jay, it’s the cats who should watch out. I live in a neighborhood where the mockingbirds and blue jays get very touchy, and give the cats a very hard time.

  16. Paunchie, he;s charging up his solar panels!

  17. I’ve made several mad dashes to the vet with injured birds (once, memorably, dressed in a morning coat and striped trousers half an hour before a wedding). UK vets are required under their licence to take in and treat any wild animal brought in to them.

  18. kibblenibble says:

    Aw! So sweet! That’s quite a commitment they’ve made to that bird.

  19. Ooh, so pretty. We get blue jays in our neighborhood, and they are so gorgeous, albeit a bit shy.

  20. Wow hes got some pretty feathers!

  21. BeckyMonster says:

    You are right about the grumpy birds!!! Mockingbirds dive at my precious, innocent, and did I mention COMPLETELY HARMLESS Mr. Mookie when he’s just walking through the yard. I mean DIVE at him and scream!!! I have had to shoo them away and bring him inside. OK, so MAYBE there was this ONE TIME that Mookie MIGHT have eaten one of their children, details!

  22. So wonderful! I love all the wild birds and have rescued a few myself, though none have been quite as friendly afterwards as Jay!

    Blue Jays and Mocking birds can be very bossy. Those in my yard have no fear of the dogs, they will squak and squak at them if they’re annoyed. Birds are great!

  23. metsakins says:

    Theresa is so right. Most cats will get hurt in a run in with a blue jay. They like to dive down and pinch them and have been known to draw blood. Of course this is a little guy, and being he’s being human raised he might not know that.

  24. smokeyJoe says:

    give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.

  25. @BeckyMonster, your kit is named MOOKIE?? AWESOME.

    I’ve always thought if I got another boycat, his name would be Mookie.

  26. Okay time for the evil Blue Jay story.. WE lived in a condo styl apartment down stairs living room ?Kitchen Bat and Upstairs two bedrooms and bath… we had this cat his name was Charlie… and there was aBlue Jay family Mom Dad and two babies… they would harass my cat through the apartment windows .. seriously.. Cat would go in the living room.. JAys would yell at him at teh living room window. cat would go to kitchen brid woud go to the kitchen window and yell at poor Charlie.
    and so Cat would go upstairs only to be harassed through the windows upstairs… but the piece de resistance was when poor charlie went out side and was up on the fence… the jay would land behind him and peck at him and then land in front of him and peck at him…

    Poor Kitty was harassed unmercifully until their nestlings were flying.

  27. @KittyAdventures, the jays on my block divebomb you if you open a window, so I know whereof you speak.

  28. Mary (the first) says:

    @Edward . That’s a lovely picture.. you at the vet in the morning coat..

  29. aww cute!

  30. BeckyMonster says:

    Yes, Mr. Mookie (The Duke of Mook) is his name. He shares (HA!) his space with Miss Pickles, Scout and the newest addition, Squeek. Yes people, I am mere inches away from being a Crazy Cat Lady, and I’m only 34. Oh well…

  31. @Mary, you get better service if you dress up. :mrgreen:

  32. LadyDarya says:

    @ Paunchie. Actually yes there would be cat food involved. As a former wildlife rehabber my recipe for baby bird food included kitten chow and chicken flavored baby food (I always felt a bit odd about that). It smells like…. well… but the baby birds loved it!

  33. LOL Theresa but have you ever been dive bombed by a mother hummingbird? HEheheheh

  34. Aaaaaaaand another guy for the calendar….

    [Some image-quality issues here, though. 😦 – Ed.]

  35. skippymom says:

    I looked at the second picture and thought, “What the HECK is that bird doing?” While some of your explanations may be more plausible, I think in this case Von Zeppelin has nailed it. Here, birdy, have a cocktail weiner with those three martinis!

  36. Isn’t that an example of a birdie “enh!” in the bottom picture?

  37. Kristabelle says:

    Very cool! I love birds! I “talk” with the mocking birds outside…they are a hoot. If you imitate them, they change their tune! (literally!)

    Blue Jays are such gorgeous birds, but not the friendliest (as the previous stories have attested).

  38. OK, now I have this wonderful visual of a blue jay eating a cocktail weiner with his buddy and just shooting the breeze. Then the bird says-“Wait a sec, there is something I have to do”, and takes off like a shot for the mailman or some poor schnook who got too close.

  39. skippymom says:

    Or maybe the blue jay prefers guinea-pigs-in-blankets.

  40. @Pyrit,
    OMG, did you write that??? Very clever! I’m amazed.

  41. Kelsey Pyrit is a very talented Wordsmith as are several others who frequent CO…

  42. @Kristabelle, the mockers around me “do” car horns and alarms. No kidding.

  43. @KittyA, not exactly, but when in Southern California, I used to just into their flight patterns while just walking down the street. Tiny, annoyed, buzzy airborne things. Before I knew what they were, I thought they were very big bees.

  44. I can’t believe I’m feeling sorry for a blue jay. *sigh*

  45. My Ratsy cat likes to sit meatloaf style on the patio and watch the birds at the feeders. So, he suffered the ultimate cat indignity last week… a bird (cardinal, probably) pooped on him!

  46. Kelsey, kittyadventures – Thank you for the kind comments!

    And I agree about Blue Jays – I always call them Bossy Blue Jays. But they are great little communicators.

  47. MamaDawn ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I burst out laughing and scared both of my dogs!

  48. That gentleman is truly a gentle man. Love him.

  49. Jays are definitely eccentric and intelligent birds with assertive qualities, but this…? A splayed out sunbathing bird? I see it but I don’t believe it. I seriously can’t stop laughing!

    That man is too cute btw. The way he talks about their relationship is half-bashful and half-proud. His Mama sure raised him right!

  50. I used to work rehabilitating wild birds. We had plenty of Blue Jays. They imprint on humans very easily. Those cries and wing flaps are begging behavior. He’s coming back every few hours for feedings because he thinks of these people as his mother. This bird is still a juvi, but he has to learn to eat for himself. I hope they teach him instead of hand-feeding him for the rest of his life.

  51. My Toby cat made the mistake of going after a bebeh bluejay once. Mama Jay divebombed him the rest of the summer.

  52. Love this story. I’ve always thought Blue Jays sounded like very smart, fun birds… but those are also often the most difficult to ‘share’ space with.

    After watching numerous Hummingbirds interact at feeders and plants around my sister’s yard, I am deeply, deeply grateful that they are so tiny! They can be VERY aggressive. As it is, their tiny squeaks and sqwaks are just so cute, no matter how indignant they are.
    Then there are the sparrows…if they choose to nest in your yard, they make it very clear that you are only there on sufferance.

  53. @Wend; we have a nest of sparrows in the eaves of our roof, right outside our bedroom window. Our hot water storage tank is right next to them, so I think they like the warmth. And if I don’t put out mealworms and suet pellets first thing in the morning, I’ll hear about it.

  54. Ohmigod, Wend I know exactly what you mean! Our hummingbird feeder is a war zone. It’s seriously one of the most stressful places in our yard. Each time someone comes another bird flies over to chase them away. I can’t even tell you what I had to do to get rid of one excessively agressive h-bird. He was a monster to other birds and even to us. Bonkers! It’s better now and curiously enough the baby hummies are the least afraid of territorial bullies. They’re so sweet!

    T.U.M. That is a fun-nee story. Poor thing. Lol!

  55. So cute!!! Those people obviously did something right.
    I’m sure the birdy isn’t going to ever be truly wild though, not unless it learns to hunt on its own. I think those people now have a pet bird. Very cute though, and very cool that they took it in and raised it until it could go on its own 🙂

  56. Leslie (NTA) says:

    @ KittyAdv’s:

    How often are Charlie’s counseling sessions, for his PTSD?

  57. Someone had left a bag of peanuts outside on our picnic table that sits on the sundeck and the Steller Jays (like Blue Jays only with a darker head) had pecked a good size hole in it in order to get the peanuts out 😈 Talk about smart birds 😈 The stinkers (Steller Jays) must of been stuffing themselves before I found the once full bag of peanuts was down to about half 😈

  58. Marie- what are you feeding your hummingbirds? I ask because I know that some are around her, but I want them to come visit my back yard, aggressive or not. I love to watch them so their thing(s).

  59. Deborah Kogan says:

    Sunbathing behavior in birds is a way for them to get vitamin D. They have a preen gland filled with oil at the base of their tail. They apply the oil on their feathers, and then lie down in the sun with their feathers spread apart. There is a chemical reaction in the oil when it is exposed to sunlight, creating vitamin D. They later groom their feathers again, licking off the vitamin fortified oil. My birds go “Miami Beach” when I put them outside for some sun.