I have become a "bird lady". I've always loved watching them, but my new house is real close to the Tualatin River so I get to see lots of fun birds and wildlife in my yard. I love watching the hawks soar overhead and when I had a disfunctional pond (that I had to get rid of as was basically standing algae water in the summer) I had a pair of malliard ducks that used to come and hang out for the day. I miss my ducks. I even have squirrels coming up to my windows and peaking in.
It never fails that as soon as we get a good break in the rain, I first hear..then see one of these Jays sitting on my deck railing squawking. Of course I hear "bird lady, where are our peanuts?".
As soon as I go out on my deck and put these whole peanuts out on a table, they start coming. Call me crazy, but I love watching these guys come up, grab a nut and then soar away. It relaxes me.
The Stellar's Jay kinda reminds me of those "bad boys" in high school..ya know, the leather jacket, motorcycle, with that black crest and deep blue coloring. I took a quick video of them as they come. Yep, I know, I must have had some extra coffee that day..will be getting a little tripod.