Red, White, And Blue Jay

Getting my post up a bit early today as later, we’re having my husband’s sister and her family over this afternoon to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Earlier in the week, I thought it would be fun to capture red, white, and blue birds in honor of our holiday. Figured I’d have to go for a walk at my “secret” (not anymore, SIGH) park in search of blue birds. Week didn’t work out quite like that. However, the blue birds came to me in the form of a little blue jay family.

RED

However, first the red birds! What else do you think of when I say red bird but a cardinal (or a baseball team across the state from us. We’re all “Royals” over here.) 

However, our resident house finch sports a bit of red as well.

WHITE

White birds are harder to spot in these parts. So, ironically, the red-bellied woodpecker agreed to loan me a shot of its white upper belly for this post.

BLUE

The blue part of this post comes with a story! About a blue jay family and a little gray cat.

Our little gray cat likes to do this out on the front porch or the back deck. She usually snoozes happily while the birds eat at the feeders.

One of her favorite front porch napping spots.

Yesterday, while she was out there, I heard a racket. You really can’t miss the call (shrill of an upset parent) blue jay.  I found one on our porch railing screaming at our little gray cat.

I stepped out in the yard to see what was happening. The cat who had been on the porch followed me. The blue jays (there were two now) continued to scream at us both. Why?

Aha! A baby learning to fly.

The cat and I wandered around to the back yard and the blue jays went back about their business. The cat found a new peaceful place to sleep (she never even noticed the baby bird!) and I went back to whatever I was doing.  Didn’t give it any more thought. Later, the same front porch racket. Same thing. Cat trying to nap.

Blue jays fussing (loudly) at her. Louder than last time though. And just as much fussing at me the moment I stepped out the door. Soon, I discovered why. Baby blue jay was hanging out quite low in the tree.

Not the greatest photo as this happened around 7:30 PM and I was losing light fast. Here’s how low the little thing managed to get in the tree.

It’s just a little to the right of the fence post up there. I immediately took my “assistant” off duty (though, she still hadn’t noticed the baby bird!) and brought her inside. Worried that perhaps the baby was injured but my husband said it was probably just resting. It was still there after dark.

Hooray For The Baby Jay!

Honestly, I didn’t expect it to make it through the night. We have plenty of other outdoor cats around here as well as raccoons, possums, etc. However, happy news to report. My husband saw it there this morning. Hooray! Baby bird survived the night. And flew off with its parents to the another house (I heard them fussing a bit but not as much).

The cat is also happy to get her napping spot back for awhile today.

What’s a cat gotta do to get a decent nap around here?

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In other bird news, I heard a hummingbird call for the first time (well, the first time I could identify it) this week! A majestic blue heron flew over this morning. Other birds spotted around the yard include sparrows, downy woodpeckers, robins, hummingbirds, grackles, and mourning doves.

What birds did you spot this week?

Linking up later with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

 

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9 thoughts on “Red, White, And Blue Jay

  1. Eileen

    Hello,

    I love your red, white and blue jays. I am glad the young blue jay was ok. They can be loud birds.
    Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

  2. P Slade

    A little late I know but I am wishing you a wonderful 4th July. I hope you enjoyed your day Jean. We have the same national colours of red, white and blue so I think that I too would struggle to photograph all three on the same day. Definitely the red and maybe the blue but no trouble with a white gull.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! We had a nice day, different than the busy days full of lots of family from previous years but it wasn’t bad at all. Our cardinals make red the easiest color for me. Hope you’ve had a great weekend so far.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Yes, the birds really did help me out by coming to me for the post. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  3. Anni

    Oh my gosh…that baby jay is just too adorable for words! I’ve fallen in love. I also enjoyed your themed quest. And, success!

    Thanks so much for coming over to link in with us birders at IRBB

    1. Jean Post author

      I was really happy to see the baby blue jay. They are fun to watch (when the parents aren’t screaming at the cat). Hope you had a great weekend!

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