Blue jays sit in the trees and call to each other, that distinctive sound we’ve come to know and love. As people approach the bridge, the jays take up positions in the trees around it, watching for peanuts, their favourite treats.
They don’t bother with the tiny sunflower seeds, a favourite of the chickadees.
As peanuts placed by their loving admirers are set on the railing, the jays fly closer and land nearby, though wary of every move of the bystanders. When they feel it’s safe, each hops to pick up a treat.
A quick escape is essential.
Each jumps before its wings engage, which we hadn’t noticed before. A quick vertical jump,
as if each is on a trampoline instead of the hard railing. The feet show the effect of the downward push when the bird is in the air.
The blue jays are agile as each bird can land on the railing from all sides and angles
and jump sideways if need be.
The wings begin to unfurl as they push away from the rail.
The birds aren’t the only ones treated this day!