Feb 25 2009

Success!

Published by at 12:26 pm under Bird Behavior,Songbirds,Travel

As I had hoped, Chuck & Joan Tague helped me find a Florida scrub-jay at Merritt Island last week.   Er, rather… the scrub-jay found me.

He showed up with his family just as I expected, but of the three jays only this one visited my hat. 

By the time he hopped off my head I was laughing so hard I couldn’t ask him how he learned to do this.

Success! 

(photo by Chuck Tague)

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Success!”

  1. Mikeon 25 Feb 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Is this common amongst the species or do you think these birds are accustomed to people? Most birds I’ve seen, except for pigeons, steer clear of humans. I find this extremely interesting.

  2. Kate St. Johnon 26 Feb 2009 at 7:01 am

    In most places, Florida scrub-jays are so intensively studied that they are quite used to humans. In some locations almost all of them are banded. The other factor is that humans often bring handouts so the scrub-jays have learned to check out people when they show up. Though Chuck, Joan and I didn’t bring food we benefited from their learned behavior. And this just occurred to me: I’ll bet the scrub-jays know they’re safest on top of our heads. We can’t reach them & they can fly away quickly.

  3. Heather Jacobyon 27 Feb 2009 at 8:17 pm

    You can start a new life list: “Birds on my head”

    Some friendly advice: Watch out for eagles.

  4. Lorraineon 17 Jan 2010 at 8:25 pm

    These scrub jays will come and peck at your cooler if you are having a picnic near where they “live.” They are very tame and we were not supposed to feed them.

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