Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Blue the Scrub Jay - We are back!
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
He seems so young in this picture.
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.