On a mild sunny day, my husband and I headed to the boardwalk with food for our old friends. The peanuts and black sunflower seeds are popular with the birds and squirrels. Sometimes the blue jays are not interested in the peanuts. This day, we enjoyed the antics of the jays as eight of them vied for the nutty treats.
When we stopped at the bridge, two blue jays sat in the trees watching the proceedings. As we put down some peanuts those two flew in for the nuts while others flew to the limbs they vacated.
Before long, the eight birds flew in succession to take the peanuts and flew out again to deposit them elsewhere.
The steady flight of birds onto the bridge,
the retrieval of peanuts
and subsequent escape into the trees
was fascinating to watch as it looked like the effort was co-ordinated by the flock.
At one point, one jay, in her excitement to retrieve the peanut, knocked it off the railing. You can imagine her dismay but the photo says it all.
Every now and then, an experience in nature is joyous. Feeding the jays was such an occasion. Their enthusiasm for the peanuts we offered, their painted colours and beauty in flight, provided a rare glimpse into blue jay behaviour and an interaction we had never experienced before. Nature at its best.