This week I saw a Blue Jay sunning on a log in my backyard. It fluffed its feathers, spread its wings, fanned its tail feathers and tilted its head to the side with its beak open, and soaked up the sun.
“Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
19 thoughts on “A Sunning Blue Jay”
I’ve never seen a blue jay do that! Love the quote at the end! 😉
It was a first for me also. Thanks!
Hes beautiful and sassy.
He does look like he has a little attitude. 🙂
These are beautiful images! What a great opportunity!
Thanks, Liza! It was the most entertaining thing in my back yard that day. 🙂
Isn’t he/she a beauty! I’ve read that this behavior is to sun-kill parasites. I saw a robin doing this in my garden just last week.
It’s interesting to watch. They look totally lulled by the sun.
Nothing like a good sun bath! 🙂
A beautiful display, Rebecca, and cool to really see those feathers flared out with all those colors.
Yes, it was beautifully and wonderfully made. 🙂
These are so pretty and the first time seeing a Blue Jay smile!
Thanks, Donna. The sunshine does seem to have a calming effect on him.
Looks like he’s spotted you in the last shot!
Yes, I’m sure he knew I was there. 🙂
Blue Jays are such beautiful and big birds. Lucky you getting all these photos while it was basking in the sun. It looks like a smile with the beak open. 🙂 I love the Laura Ingalls Wilder quote. I enjoyed her books and enjoyed the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” as well.
Blue Jays are beautiful, though sometimes boisterous. I enjoy watching them dart across the yard and through the trees. It was unusual to see one sit in one spot for so long. I enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and the TV series also. She lived an interesting life.
Yes, the Blue Jays certainly stand out in a crowd with their boisterous behavior. I like when they swoop down for a peanut at the house or the Park, a quick maneuver right in front of a squirrel with no fear. I was looking for something on the internet and discovered a website dedicated to the show, books and some history on Laura Ingalls Wilder. I learned some things I didn’t know and passed along the cooking/recipe section to a fellow blogger here in Michigan. She and her husband have a small farm and she “puts up” much of what they grow during the Summer months. You might enjoy this site when you get time to go through it: https://littlehouseontheprairie.com/
Thanks for the site link. 🙂