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jay

Not housebound anymore! But I still have one more bird from my backyard that I want to show you; it’s a Eurasian Jay, which I find a very interesting bird because he can mimic the sound of any other bird so well that if you don’t actually see him, it’s virtually impossible to distinguish his true identity. He doesn’t show himself very often, so I’m glad I managed to take a picture of him.

 

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39 responses

  1. Glad to hear you’re feeling better, Calee. The photos from your backyard have been lovely – the silver lining in the cloud!!

    November 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    • Thank you so much, Lizzie! I appreciate your kinds words so much!

      November 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

  2. Wow! What a handsome dude! So happy to hear that you are not housebound anymore! I hope we will still get to see some of your fine feathered friends once in a while…
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    November 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    • Yes, he’s handsome! And I think he knows it too, he has that proud look. 😉 And yes, I hope I can share more bird pictures, there are still some small ones in my backyard that I haven’t managed to catch on camera yet..

      November 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      • And thanks for your kind words!! I’m so happy I can go outside again! 🙂

        November 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

  3. What a pretty bird and it sounds like it has a good personality. The blue jay that we have, by contrast, tends to be very loud, aggressive, and obnoxious.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    • Yes, these are nice small birds. Very clever, it can even imitate the sound perfectly of the bird (usually owls) who attack them.

      November 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

  4. He is a handsome fellow! Regal. Looks like he is posing for you. You have an amazing back yard that seems to attract the nicest creatures.

    November 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    • I’m so glad the birds like it here! The bugs like the canals, and birds and bats (yes I have small bats in my backyard as well) like the bugs. 😉 On a good day, I can spot about 10 different kinds of birds in just one tree. 😀

      November 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

  5. And it also mimics the colours in the background.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

  6. glad to hear you’re better

    November 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

  7. You have such wonderful birds to enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing this Jay.

    November 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    • I’m so happy to share the pictures of these little ones on my blog!! Thanks for checking in, Bella!

      November 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

  8. Therese

    Oh! So pretty!

    November 11, 2012 at 3:16 AM

  9. The Jagged Man

    Very cool looking bird. The pattern reminds me somewhat of a calico cat! Very nice. By the way how big is this bird? By the post/fence he is standing on I am thinking he is small bird. Nice shot and thanks for sharing!

    November 11, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    • Thank you so much! It’s a quite small bird, usually around 33 cm long with a wingspan around 55 cm. It weighs around 170 grams. Not the smallest bird in the garden, but next to the flying rats (pigeons) it looks tiny.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

  10. Ed

    Excellent pic, you have the coolest birds in your backyard. Glad to hear you are feeling better..:-)

    November 11, 2012 at 4:18 AM

  11. Such wonderful-looking birds to see in your backyard. I’m glad you’re feeling better and able to move around outside.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    • Thanks so much! Yes, it’s an interesting little one. They fly very fast between the trees, but on ground they kind of “strut” and look a bit awkward. I’m glad he stayed to pose for a quick shot!

      November 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

  12. P.S. This bird, in particular, sounds very interesting.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:12 AM

  13. I am so glad that you are better. This bird is so pretty. So interesting that this bird is an expert mimic. We have here is the US several birds that are mimics and the mockingbird that I posted about not long ago is a superb mimic. I like all your photos so much but I am partial to the birds.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    • Thanks so much, Yvonne! It’s always nice to see pictures from other parts of the world, but especially nice when it’s animals I think! I’ve never seen a Bluejay, Mockingbird, Hummingbird etc in real live.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

  14. Beautiful bird! I haven’t see that color jay before.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    • There are many Eurasian Jays, and across its vast range, several very distinct racial forms have evolved to look very different from each other, especially when forms at the extremes of its range are compared. The one in my picture is how it typically looks in Northern Europe.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

  15. I see them every day in my garden, all year long actually, beautiful insolent thieves and don’t stand up for them!

    November 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    • Thieves? What do they take? They’re not so common here, so I haven’t (luckily) experienced any of that trouble.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      • Everything, you cannot leave anything consumable on the terrace table without them sneaking and catching it.

        November 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        • Really! Actually that gives me an idea… 😉 Would be nice to get a clear close up shot of one..

          November 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      • Otherwise, its sweet trouble.

        November 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

  16. you did well to get this because jays are notoriously shy,the fact that the picture is so sharp makes it even better

    November 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    • Thanks so much, Ian! Yes, they are shy and I haven’t seen many even if I suspect they are here quite often. Glad I caught it on camera.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

  17. I’m glad he came out to pose. Such a striking bird and NOTHING like we have here. Enjoyed, as usual.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    • Thank you Friend! I’m happy too! It’s not the most colorful bird around, but I think it’s one of the most interesting ones!

      November 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

  18. What a striking bird. Thanks for sharing!

    December 1, 2012 at 4:34 AM

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