Draw-a-Bird Day: Blue Jay

blue jay oak leaves s

you woke me not with
singing, but with squawks—crowlike,
insistent and loud—

a flash of blue amid oak leaves,
glittering with morning sun

I read online that bands of blue jays making a racket are often harassing a predator–must have been a hawk about the other morning.

I will continue to do draw-a-bird day here, but I’ve been posting at kblog while Nina is taking an extended break.  Once she returns, I’ll be back at MeMadTwo regularly again.  In the meantime, visit me at my other site!


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43 responses to “Draw-a-Bird Day: Blue Jay”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    I’ve seen and heard blue jays do this, too. They get very noisy sometimes! 🙂

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  2. msjadeli says :

    I love your rendering of the jay in both painting and word.

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  3. Sharon Mann says :

    Beautiful Blue Jay, so bright and happy. Thanks for your new blog link.

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  4. thelonelyauthorblog says :

    Lovely words. Great image. Interesting fact about the blue jays.

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  5. Claudia McGill says :

    I love blue jays, their brashness appeals to me, and that includes their appearance. What a beautiful and vibrant painting you’ve done.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Claudia. I’ve been wanting to get back to some real painting with gouache. I was pleased with this, especially since I tend to be background-phobic and both subject and ground managed to come together.

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  6. Jason A. Muckley says :

    Beautiful! Is that your painting too?

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  7. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I am really pleased to see something from you, Kerfe. I have missed you. I have followed your other blog too.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Robbie. I thought Nina would be ready to get back to the blog by now, but since she wants a longer break, I decided to do my own blog until she comes back.


  8. Jill Kuhn says :

    Your blue jay is beautiful! 💙 I must get out my gouache and play a bit! 😊

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  9. rivrvlogr says :

    I’ve read that jays sometimes will mimic other birds, including hawks and crows. Great Picture!

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Ken. I’ve read that too. Hard to know who’s making noise in the bird world here, between them and the starlings and the mockingbirds. All are in residence, but not always in sight.

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  10. Jodi says :

    I’ve wondered where you’ve been – will have to check the other site 🙂 Beautiful blue jay painting. We have many at our feeders. Sometimes they are a little aggressive with the others…

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  11. kiddlescarol says :

    They are very noisy and quite bossy, but I enjoy them all the same. Yours looks so majestic!

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  12. Evelyn says :

    A very lovely bird…

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  13. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Sights and sounds evoking a real bird. Just read (in ‘Wilding’ by Isabelle Tree)that Jays in the UK are responsible for planting a huge number of oak trees by burying acorns.


  14. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful bird, Kerfe. We have bossy Jays about our yard. The rule over the bird feeder and make a racket. 🙂

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  15. sheldonk2014 says :

    What’s up guys

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  16. Vashti Q says :

    Beautiful Blue Jay and poem, K! Happy Friday and a great weekend! 😀

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  17. Denny Sinnoh says :

    I once followed a Blue Jay on Twitter, but all of its tweets were about bird seed.

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  18. Imelda says :

    Your sketches are so pretty. 😊

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  19. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful colors taken and the blue Jay is so lovely, Marta. Great poem.


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