Stellar’s Jay (Draw a Bird Day)

hawk’s cry
hungry birds scatter
blue wings appear
a raucous throng
feasting

A gogyohka for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, poet’s choice.

I’ve been hearing blue jays everywhere I go for the last month. Since I’ve already featured blue jays, I decided to draw and paint its West Coast relative, the Stellar’s Jay. Like all jays, they are excellent mimics, and imitate hawks to scare other birds away from food they want to eat. They also pretend to be dogs, cats, squirrels and chickens.

Stellar Jays prefer dense coniferous wooded habitats, but being scavengers and opportunists, have adjusted well to the encroachment of humans.

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24 responses to “Stellar’s Jay (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. weisserwatercolours says :

    …..your winged one and upturned tail one are exactly how these drama-queens-of -birdland are, hahahaha–their flight approach is all feathers, usually accompanied by their raspy call, scaring any in their way, just like you’ve depicted, and then it’s all attitude, their heads jerking about to evil-eye any who dare try to share whatever food they’ve scored. You don’t want Stellar Jays at your Thanksgiving dinner. Wonderful work–you’ve nailed it.

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  2. janetweightreed10 says :

    Love the movement in these:)

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  3. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Which do I enjoy more, the pictures, the poem, or the information about these jays? All good!

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  4. memadtwo says :

    Very good artwork; I especially like the first one with the impressionist background. N.

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  5. kiddlescarol says :

    Great info and delightful drawings! I so enjoy the jays and their larger-than-life personalities.

    Like

  6. Claudia McGill says :

    I love your jay portraits, and I love jays!

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  7. calmkate says :

    Agree with D … poem, art and info make this a great post! Very clever 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mother Wintermoon says :

    Love the poem, colors and movement. Excellent.

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  9. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, your poem and this Stellar’s Jay is superb! I do miss seeing those guys in the higher elevations. I did see a migrating goldfinch yesterday. We’re still pretty warm. The heat has been so brutal this year. Looking forward to cooler temperatures. ❤

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  10. msjadeli says :

    I like the eastern jay also does the mimicry as there have been times I swore I heard a hawk outside but when I look there are no hawks but there are jays. They don’t get pushy at my feeders as their skinny ledges are too small for the jays to hold onto them. They get what falls to the ground which keeps them humble. Nice artwork, K.

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