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Scrub jay, Charlie, eats peanuts from Sandy’s hand

By Gary Bogue
Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 7:00 am in scrub jay.

Sandy and Charlie the scrub jay. Photo by Sandy from Pleasanton, CA.
charlie jay, sandy

Dear Gary:
Oh, my, did I love your story from Niall in Cyberspace today, April 14 (“Why is scrub jay tapping at my door?”).

My “Charlie” has been visiting me for about 3 years now.  It started with his inquisitive self and my putting peanuts on the table next to me when I was outside reading.  Then he took them from my hand, always touching/shaking them all until he chose the one he thought was best before flying off to bury it or eat it.

Scrub jay, not Charlie
scrub jay 1

And then from the bedroom second story he would land on my balcony door handle and tap, tap, tap on the window for his “treats.”  And of course I was always there.  He even ate out of my husband’s hand (a little more quickly).  And if he came when I was out front talking to a neighbor, he would come right down and eat out of their hands also, as long as I was there.  He would occasionally land on my shoulder looking for peanuts if I was out gardening.

About 3 weeks ago when I was out gardening, I found “Charlie” under one of our bushes.  Things are a lot quieter and sadder around here now: we had a good relationship together and I miss him.

I’ve included a picture of “Charlie and me.”
Sandy, Pleasanton

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4 Responses to “Scrub jay, Charlie, eats peanuts from Sandy’s hand”

  1. anne c Says:

    Please help my neighbors find their Beagle. Beauty got out 4/16/2010 in the area of 167th and Rolando in the hills of San Leandro. She is recently rescued from a puppy mill and is timid and scared. Call Walt 510-316-4100 if you can help!

  2. Thomas Mueller Says:

    They are so cute I’d hate to piss them off, but we also have a cute cat his name is Leo. One passive animal and loves lights and shadows. He would not harm a feather on the two jays we have nesting in our oleander bush next to the deck outside our living room glass sliding door. The birds a “dive bombing” Leo obviously to protect the nest and subsequent infant.

    Thanks,

    Thomas

  3. Thomas Mueller Says:

    They are so cute I’d hate to piss them off, but we also have a cute cat his name is Leo. One passive animal and loves lights and shadows. He would not harm a feather on the two jays we have nesting in our oleander bush next to the deck outside our living room glass sliding door. The birds a “dive bombing” Leo obviously to protect the nest and subsequent infant.

  4. Sandy Brown Says:

    My wife and I live in Point Loma, above Ocean Beach, which is on the Pacific Ocean and are in the city of San Diego,CA. I, also put out an occasional peanut for the jays that hang out here. When I am gardening or weeding around our 1/4 acre, I often find peanuts. We were wondering if the jay is just a packrat or does it eat the peanuts? Thanks for any input.

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