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Toolool Toolool Wheedleee Wheedleee

Pru3Pru1Pru2Pru4Those are the sounds that a Blue Jay sometimes makes when it is sitting in the tree branches.  Hi, I’m Prudence!  I live here in the neighborhood with my husband George.  He likes to call me Pru.

Sera thinks that we are peanut thieves, but we have to eat, too.  She’s just mad because she has to share the peanuts.  Everyone thinks that Blue Jays are aggressive birds, but we are not.  We are often frightened and scared off by squirrels.

Have you ever watched us eat?  We take the peanuts up into the tree and hold them between our feet and then use our beaks to break them open to get at the tasty treat inside.  Did you know that we like acorns the best?  We also have a pouch inside our throat, and we can carry off as many as five acorns at a time.  Like squirrels, we store them in a cache for later eating.

See?  We have more in common with Sera than she realizes!

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What a Difference a Few Hours Makes

Hi, everyone! Sera here.  Boy, I was lucky to catch the lady of the house home earlier today.  She sure looked like she needed cheering up.  She saw me, took my picture, and then smiled and laughed. I was glad to lift her spirits.  Besides, I got a big handful of peanuts just for posing on the railing for her.  She’s nice, and she always so friendly and glad to see me and others here who visit the feeder.  Here are some photos from this morning when it was sunny and clear.

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Here is the same railing a few hours later when the storm had moved in.  What a difference!  I’d gone home by then.  I had a tummy full of peanuts and decided to nap while the winds whipped up and the snow started to fall.

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As you can see here, the sparrow on the feeder is the only one silly enough to be out in the snow and the cold.  I guess she got the prime seeds, though.

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