I've been painting the deck on my house and not enjoying it much so in between to get a break I started painting some birds too. I guess they are a favorite I always return to and in doing so I remembered how much I enjoyed Blue Jays.
We had a bird feeder that was constantly attacked by one persistent red squirrel and he was annoying enough with his constant chattering any time a bird tried to eat but I quit complaining about him after the Blue Jays arrived.
They are aggressive and loud and spend as much time scaring away other birds as they do eating. When their behavior or loudness isn't enough, they mimic hawk calls in the hopes of fooling the other birds. Needless to say they are very intelligent and if you want to read more or hear them you can go to this site Cornell All about the Birds
You can imagine the noise and fun watching a Blue Jay and a squirrel try to gain control of the bird feeder. It provided many hours of entertainment.
Watercolor Blue Jay Bird Collection by countrymousestudio
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