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May 10, 2012 / Rae Spencer

The Blue Jays vs The Cats

The blue jay eggs hatched sometime within the last week. Driven by feeding duties and protective instincts, the blue jay parents spend every daylight moment foraging and feuding.

When we first noticed their increased activity, my husband put a handful of seed on the deck railing. It quickly disappeared. The next day, he put out a little more seed, then waited with his camera. Now he and the blue jays share a daily ritual of feeding and photos.

The losers in this new relationship are the cats, who usually treasure these spring open-window weeks. Unfortunately, their favorite windows look onto the deck…

6 Comments

  1. Betty Hayes Albright / May 10 2012 6:57 PM

    LOL – I enjoyed that, having both a cat, and bluejays nesting in our trees. Kitties aren’t sure whether to be entertained or irritated. (Those jays can be noisy and demanding, but they’re such a pretty bird!) Thanks for sharing your video, Rae.

  2. Angela / May 12 2012 6:56 PM

    Made me smile, Rae, because we had similar feline frustration here. Do yours ever make that funny chortling sound when they’re watching the birds? Cracks me up. They take themselves so seriously….

    • Rae Spencer / May 12 2012 8:24 PM

      Our house-raised cats don’t do it as much as the ones that grew up outdoors, but they all do it every now and then. I’ve always wondered what the noise means. Is it pure reflex, beyond their control? Or are they frustrated?

  3. bardessdmdenton / May 15 2012 2:43 PM

    ‘the blue jay parents spend every daylight moment foraging and feuding.’…does that ever capture the antic of the jays!

    I always tell my cats as they get pretty involved in ‘kitty TV’ (as a friend of mine calls it) at–You can look but not touch!

    • Rae Spencer / May 15 2012 10:07 PM

      I actually have a bird feeder video that was marketed for cats. The girls love it so much that they line up in front of the television whenever they hear the opening music. But they have to be supervised, while watching, because they try to climb into the screen…

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