Blue Birds

My day started with one blue bird and ended with another… and I didn’t see either.

According to the Cornell website:

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.

Funny Blue Jay - by Tom LeBlanc

Funny Blue Jay - by Tom LeBlanc

I heard about this tendency to mimic other sounds years ago and have, indeed, heard them copying hawks.  This morning, though, I had to laugh at what I heard.

I was walking from my car to the Audubon Center.  I noticed that Don was over at the Maintenance Building.  He unlocked the door and when he pushed it open, the alarm started its high-pitched beep-beep-beep.

Almost immediately, from a tree on the other side of the nature center building, I heard a Blue Jay make the exact same sound.  He even continued to make it after Don punched in the code that silenced the alarm.

Bluebird Dreaming

I really hope I'll see more than one box this year that looks like this! Last year we had no successful bluebird nests!

After spending a good chunk of the day looking at a computer screen and fighting with the networked printer, I decided I had better go out and close up the Bluebird nest boxes.  Folks have seen bluebirds already, so it’s time.

It sure was a lot colder outside than it looked!  The sun shone brightly, but the wind was bitter coming across Big Pond.  It was a pleasant walk though, and the boxes on the big field all ready.

Dear Bluebirds,  The boxes are ready, but stay south a week or two longer till it warms up a bit here, ok?  Love, Jennifer.

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4 thoughts on “Blue Birds

  1. A friend had a pet bluejay that she rescued from a crow – the baby jay was permanently crippled by the attack. ‘Jay’ could do a perfect imitation of the phone ringing and the microwave beeping – tricked many a house guest! She figured he learned to mimic those sounds because he realized that when the phone rang or the microwave beeped, a person would come which could mean a treat.

  2. I love those bluejays too and I’m always fascinated with the different sounds they can make.
    (I’m waiting for more snow to melt before I close up my bluebird boxes – don’t want to put on snowshoes to hike to the end of my yard!)

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