[Tweeters] West Seattle Scrub-Jay

EdSwan2 at Comcast.net EdSwan2 at Comcast.net
Thu Dec 10 22:23:35 PST 2020

I have a Scrub-Jay (now called "Scrubby") that showed up in September with
my son placing some nuts outside his upstairs window. It now comes daily to
our windows on one side of the house and flies from window to window when we
move from one room to another. It waits for us to open a window and then it
flies a foot or so back and then takes a peanut from our hand when we tap it
on the outside window sill. Over the last week or so it will take a peanut
out of our hand when we walk out onto our deck.

The Steller's Jays have been extremely jealous and now one of the Steller's
will also fly to the window to take a peanut from our hand. It seems to
hang out more with Scrubby so that I wonder if they will mate if they are of
opposite sexes. The other jays wait until we throw peanuts out for them to
pick up or the ground or deck floor. The one Steller's tries to take a
peanut out of our hand when we're standing out on the deck, but it always
aborts at the last moment and flies back to the railing.

Scubby appears dominant. It will often pick up a peanut and then when it
sees the Steller's Jays getting one it will fly back and scream at them and
check to see if it likes their peanut better.


Ed Swan

Nature writer and guide

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