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.
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.
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.