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Old Nov 10, 2010, 3:53 PM   #1
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Only spot I ever saw where the Jays are this tame.
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 11:36 PM   #2
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One more 4 shot series from today.
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 12:40 AM   #3
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Bynx, I love the second picture. That's the variety of Blue Jay we have here, except ours are not tame at all. Great catch!
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Lynne Shore Convervation Area in Whitby has an east and west side. On both sides chickadees, nuthatchs and the odd downy woodpecker will land in your hand. Only on the west side will the Blue Jays land. For me, its a real treat when they do. Especially if I have half a dozen peanuts in the shell and they take their time sorting out which one is for them before taking off with it in their beak. I held a peanut in my lips and a nuthatch took it out while a friend got a nice pic of that. First time doing that for me. Today was a pretty good day.
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I have never seen a Blue Jay even remotely that tame!

All the ones here are sassy and would never get that close.
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 3:10 AM   #6
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Fantastic, just like the other post with the Nuthatch...!

I had a pet Bluejay when I was 12... Raised him from a chick that either
fell or was pushed out of the nest...

Incredibly smart birds...
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Old Nov 12, 2010, 6:29 AM   #7
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Its a pretty funny endearing place. For instance, if you were to use your finger to point some direction to someone, if you leave your finger there any length of time, a chickadee will land on it looking for something to eat. Man exploits everything on this planet animals included. Its nice to see a mutual interaction between two species for no other reason than the contact itself. Of course, the birds are looking for something to eat.
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The birds are looking for something to eat...

You're looking for a subject to shoot...

It's a symbiotic relationship where everyone wins...!
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OK, Just how do you get the shot? do you use a timer or remote or friend, (or should I ask as it may be a trade secret) I want to try, I have a lot of red birds here hanging around, I guess I should try to feed them first instead of trying to get a shot of them with a camera. The males are fat and sassy right about now, will any large seed do?
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I feed chickadees sunflower seeds out of the shell. The Blue Jays will only come to your hand if you have peanuts in the shell. The red birds you are talking about sounds like Cardinals. They will eat peanuts probably out of the shell. There are a few cardinals at Lynne Shore, but they just get close and dont eat from your hand. As to how you get the birds to eat from your hand I think it comes from time. But I dont know what came first the chicken or the egg. Lynne Shore has always attracted the birds. There are a couple of trails where people have put up all sorts of feeders. I suppose over time people could get closer and closer until one day, there was no seed and maybe lots of snow. Somebody put out their hand and some bird was hungry enough to land. Once one bird sees its ok then others follow. I know of a place in Ottawa where you feed the Chickadees by hand. They seem to be a very brave little bird. So since there is a constant influx of people over the years one generation of birds teaches the next.

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