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April 14, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Wendy, let's hope those kitties don't kill all your jays. Best to keep cats indoors!

Wendy MacEachen

I have two cats who will come when I call""kitty,kitty,kitty,"out my back door.For several years we have had one jay(and I want to believe it's the same one each year)who comes and parks its self at the top of a spruce tree in my backyard and calls,"kitty,kitty,kitty,"as long as I do.Smart or what.We back onto a very forested area and as much as I complain about my "my blue bullies",I still love them.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Pete, hang a couple feeders just for the smaller birds - ones with very small or no perches at all or feeders that require the bird to cling, which jays have a harder time doing.


How do I keep the small birds coming in with Blue Jays around?

The Zen Birdfeeder

David - very sweet video. Thanks for sharing.

David Duncan

I'm a film maker and I got the chance to film a mother Blue Jay feeding her baby one day in my backyard youtube link

I have been making films for over 25 years.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Margaret - Don't you love looking over those old guides?
Lana - you crack me up.


I could never hate blue jays, despite their "flaws." I reserve that kind of emotion for my arch-nemesis, the Eastern gray squirrel (rat bastard grumble grumble swear.)


At the risk of copyright infringement, I'll quote Chester A. Reed: "These are among our best-known and most beautiful birds, but their reputation is not good. They rob other birds of their eggs and nestlings and they sometimes make serious inroads on fruit crops, but they are not as bad as they are painted... Even if they were worse than they are, their flashing color could not be spared from the winter landscape."

And such is life! :)

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