A New House Guest or two or more?

19 Apr

When we drove up to the house today, Ruth called out, “There’s a Steller’s Jay in the wisteria! Ooooo, there’s another one!” My first thought was “Uh-oh!” After all, ’tis Spring and a young jay’s mind turns to nests and eggs. We haven’t had good luck with Jays nesting in our porch before — or any bird nesting in our porch before. But, Steller’s Jays in particular struggle with nesting around our house. And, yes, there were two Steller’s Jays looking most intently at our porch.

Steller's Jay nest in progress

While I was taking the below picture of their nest, one of them flew in with a stick, saw me at the last second, and did a dramatic arial maneuver before landing across the street and squawking at me!

Steller's Jay would-be parent

The other one sat in my cherry tree and gave me the stink eye.

Steller's Jay

While I wish these beautiful, raucous birds the best of luck in their family building plans, I kind of hope they decide our porch is too busy and choose somewhere else to build. The first summer we were in the house, someone built a nest in our porch. I heard chicks peeping one day and then nothing. I’m sure some rodent — squirrel or rat got them. It’s just not a safe place plus we are in and out all the time. Steller’s Jays are certainly brassy and bold but I’d imagine they’d find our activity level annoying.

I’ll keep you posted.


12 Responses to “A New House Guest or two or more?”

  1. jayne 19 April, 2008 at 4:12 am #

    Oh, what gorgeous birds! I can’t imagine having one nest on the porch, but you never know! Just look at all those sticks! Keep us posted. :c)

  2. Pam 19 April, 2008 at 4:29 am #

    Those are some cool birds Liza! I hope they end up nesting there!

  3. Bobbie 19 April, 2008 at 4:30 am #

    They are pretty. But I can remember a year when we were dive bombed by jays every time we tried to go from house to car or back.

  4. robin andrea 19 April, 2008 at 7:00 am #

    That does look a bit close to the house for a family of Steller’s jays. They are a loud and raucous bunch. Still, if the babies would actually thrive and survive, it would be very cool to watch.

  5. Liza Lee Miller 19 April, 2008 at 7:09 am #

    Yes. I was woken up by a very loud Jay call this morning. They are loud birds. I’d love it if they would nest there but wonder if we’ll have to use our side door for a few weeks if they do. 🙂

  6. Wende 19 April, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Wow… what color. That blue is amazing. We had one that lived in a tree in our apartment complex at Seminary. OH! What a chatterbox. And it wasn’t shy, either.

  7. Mary 19 April, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    But…they’re so pretty…. But I understand about the haughtiness of jays. Keep slamming the door and maybe they’ll get fed up with you and leave. But…they’re so pretty! LOL!

    I’m impressed with young Ruth. She knows her birds :o)

  8. Liza Lee Miller 19 April, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Poor Ruthie doesn’t stand a chance. Her preschool teacher insisted the kids use the right names for local birds so it started early. But they are very common here and so much bluer than the other option (Western Scrub Jay) that it’s an easy ID around here. The nest is bigger today but I never saw the birds.

  9. Susan Gets Native 19 April, 2008 at 8:42 pm #

    Hmmmm…are pigeons guards in your future?
    Or you could just let ’em try. Goofy birds…don’t they know a good nest site from a bad one????

  10. Laura 19 April, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    Jeesh – they look so exotic to me – I would love to have them nest in my porch!


  11. toni 20 April, 2008 at 3:14 am #

    They are beautiful but if they are as loud as the Jay’s we get here then yuck.

    Perhaps they will move on.


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