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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blue the Scrub Jay - We are back!

I was happy to see I was able to even access this old account. I have done my best to quickly remove all the spam. I was surprised and touched by the many comments people continued to leave in my absence which has been years besides a few updates.

So I do plan on getting back on track and updating this blog. For those that asked, thank you! Yes, I am doing much much better. It was a long recovery. Please be patient as I update things here.

There were many comments from many people who had lost a pet, or were seeking help or sharing great stories. I am sorry I was not around to answer them or comment.

Blue is still alive beyond all expectations of the Vets or me. I was wrong about their age. I learned although a  one could live 15 years. The average age life span in the wild is 3-6 years. Blue may be one of the oldest Scrub Jays around.  He has slowed down a bit. He is officially elderly which is one reasons I decided to come back and share the rest of Blues life.

Besides his bad eye, which has caused a few small problems over his life. He has had no other health issues. We are blessed with a great avian Vet here who has always treated Blue with great care.

From living with Blue to interacting with the local wild Scrub Jays, I have learned so much more I want to share. And I will this is just an update. 

Blue still has visitor scrub Jays where we live now, right next door to where I originally found him. I feed them raw nuts only. They are feisty young siblings. They follow me around , attempt to enter the house and feed from my hand. They interact with Blue. They peer through the windows. One now lands on me while the other is always a bit more nervous. It's the only way I can tell them apart. One is more shy.

Blue gets excited when they come. He has handed one a nut before through the screen door. He hides nuts all over in a frenzy of competitiveness while they do the same outside.

The more comfortable visitor Scrub Jay sings the whisper song to me which amazed me when it happened. I have caught it only a few times in the wild. I never had one sing to me 12 inches away. I know I can easily capture this on video. He also bounces off my head, which is a sign of affection. I was able to witness the dance Blue does to my hand signals for the first time ever in the wild. Something I have waited 12 years to see. To my surprise this does not seem to be a mating dance. They are two young siblings and they did this dance together. I hope to catch this all on video.

So this is just a quick update. I have ton of content to add from over the last 3 years.

Here are just a few recent photos of Blue taking his Sun Bath which he now does on my hand. I take him to the best spot with the most sun. And a few of his visitor friends.

I will be using a new Youtube channel. Stay tuned while I tune things up here.


These are all recent pics I had handy.

Blue Bathed in Blue

Yes that's my foot

Sun worshiping

He seems so young in this picture.

Sun Trance

I watched these two since there first day of flight. I used to feed their parents who then taught them to get nuts from me.

Blue 12 years old

Here is one of Blue's old videos. He still plays ball each morning.