A Stellar Steller’s Squabble

You know that fall is coming when the Steller’s jays show up to squabble over the hazelnuts dropping from the trees. These brightly coloured birds are a relative of the crow, which everyone in bloggerville knows I hate because they abduct and eat the children of  other birds. But at this time of year the jays are only here to rob me of the fruits of my labours,  so I tolerate their coarse squawking call and focus on their brilliant blue colouring. They do have a reputation of being nest robbers too, but they don’t show up in our area during that spring nesting time.

These sunflower seeds and hazelnuts have me drooling.

These sunflower seeds and hazelnuts have me drooling.

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Look out! Danger up above.

 

Don’t even try that trick on me. You just want that hazelnut for yourself.

Don’t even try that trick on me. You just want that hazelnut for yourself.

 

Well, it’s about time I got some of the good stuff. You’re so greedy all the time.

Well, it’s about time I got some of the good stuff. You’re so greedy all the time.

 

Go ahead then. Be that way. I'll take the leftovers, as usual.

Go ahead then. Be that way. I’ll take the leftovers, as usual.

 

Take it then. Just stop nagging me.

Take it then. Just stop nagging me.

Someone's coming! Quick! Hit 'em with the brick.

Someone’s coming! Quick! Hit ’em with the brick.

Nice butt, by the way!

Nice butt, by the way!

 

Awww... you say the sweetest things.

Awww… you say the sweetest things.

27 thoughts on “A Stellar Steller’s Squabble

        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          I know they’re very smart. That’s why they’re so prolific. But it breaks my heart to see them fly off with a baby robin while the mothers follow them helplessly shrieking. But it’s okay if you like crows and I don’t. We can still be friends. 😉

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live in a perfect world where crows didn’t eat other bird babies. Then I could like crows too. Nothing gruesome would happen in the world. Of course then we’d never see another mystery show on TV either and a million other things would also change.

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        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          That’s right. I would have remembered that bright blue. I know that we waited for the bluebirds in the spring. There weren’t many but it was a special thing to see them. I think they were western bluebirds (with a rosy breast), and possibly some mountain bluebirds (not sure). Also, I remember thinking that magpies were very pretty, and later I learned that many people hate them for their crow-like habits. We don’t have magpies here on the coast – at least not where I live.

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          1. townspirit

            Maggies we have in abundance. But, alas, not bluebirds! It seems like there are more blue jays than usual this year, but the blues in general are under-represented here. Your bird pictures are always fascinating.

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  1. reocochran

    My grandpa loved birds and told me Jays were “mean” and would take over nests and also, attacked and scared little chickadees. They are pretty here, especially in groups. I really like the bright blue tone (even better than our blue jays) of your Stellers Jay’s, Anneli. Your little comments are cute and funny. It does seem in the next to last photo the bird is tilting his head to analyze the back end of the female jay. 🙂

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