We had a curious visitor last week.
He flew into our yard and decided he liked the place.
I guess he liked the pool. The color suited him.
He probably thought the pond was a great place for a bath.
He even saw a bird seed buffet in the yard – though it had been picked clean and needed a refill.
Whatever the reason, the blue jay that paid us a visit last week liked our yard, and he seemed to like me too.
We were having some work done on the bricks around the pool, and our little visitor first started following the guy with the power washer. Wouldn’t leave him alone. Where he went, so went the bird.
After a while, he informed me of our curious new critter. He was sitting on one of the dining chairs by the trestle table.
I thought this might make a good little video, so I started recording.
What happened over the next hour was amazing.
This little blue jay was either crazy, a genius, or some combination of the two.
I got him to fly into my hand on four occasions to eat seeds.
He took a keen interest in my watch and my wedding band.
He hopped around on my head.
He even stuck two sunflower seeds in my ear. Stashing them there for safe keeping, no doubt.
At last, he flew into our garage where Handan was painting and took a perch so he could watch her work. Once we got him out of the garage, he flew off, and that was the last we saw of him.
He was our blue jay for a day.