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Scrub jay at El Capitan
updated: Mar 16, 2017, 8:05 AM

By Wendy Manning

Taken at El Capital Canyon before the rain and flooding! We could ride our bikes out there every Saturday it's so lovely and you feel like your ways away from town. I'd enjoy a homemade cookie that I would shared with a Scrub Jay I'm so looking forward to see the canyon come back to life Pawsitively, Wendy

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 COMMENT 763800 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 10:41 AM

Friendly little guy!

 

 COMMENT 763802 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 10:44 AM

Oh thats wonderful! I really enjoy feeding the squirrels on Shoreline Park. And they love, love, love gummy bears! I take the grandkids up there when visiting and can go thru almost 2 pounds of candy in less than 1/2 hour! Its amazing. So fun! Thank you for sharing.

 

 COMMENT 763803P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 10:46 AM

Nuts are okay for Scrub jays. Cookies with oil or butter, white flour and sugar ---- not so much.

 

 COMMENT 763805P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 10:48 AM

802. Gummy bears? You're joking, right? Trolling? Please tell us you're being sarcastic.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 11:02 AM

Great Jay photos. I am trying to tame 2 Jays in our yard. Squirrels and Jays should be fed unsalted, unroasted peanuts (pet stores or Smart 'n Final) or sunflower seeds, I put out black oil ones for all the birds. I'd think the gummy bears comment is not real, they would make the poor little squirrels sick.

 

 COMMENT 763824P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 11:26 AM

You should not feed wild animals. You are only doing it for your own sense of enjoyment. They need to remain wild for their survival.

 

 COMMENT 763830P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 11:59 AM

Thank you so much for these delightful shots. A crisp, clear closeup of this handsome bird. The joy of a wild spirit coming so near is precious.

 

 FANGIRL agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 01:42 PM

803 ... OMG! 2 pounds of candy to the squirrels at Shoreline Park in a 1/2 hour!! You must be trying to kill them!

 

 COMMENT 763858 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 01:46 PM

We have three blue jays that we've tamed. We tried giving them peanuts but they much prefer those honey mustard pretzels bites. They even land on your head for them!

 

 COMMENT 763866P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 02:32 PM

858. White flour and other chemicals found in your honey mustard pretzels are by no means a food found in nature. Please please reconsider and feed your Scrub jays only nuts =
black oil sunflower seeds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.

No peanuts in the shell because then the birds tend to find a birdbath to soak the peanuts and the shells taint the water.

Trader Joe's has roasted Unsalted peanuts, which no jay will rebuff. $3.29 per one pound bag, I think.

 

 COMMENT 763889 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 03:49 PM

What about toasted bread or croutons? Seems like birds and ducks have been eating those for years with no problems.

 

 COMMENT 763922P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 06:11 PM

802. White flour products contain preservatives and other chemicals not meant to be ingested by birdlife.

You may as well be serving up gummy bears. Well . . . not really. But if you simply MUST feed birds (not recommended), please try to feed them something they might find in nature: millet, flax seed, sunflower seeds, store bought chicken scratch, etc.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/feeding-white-bread-to-wild-birds-is-killing-them/

 

 COMMENT 763928 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 06:40 PM

Unsalted unshelled peanuts for our visiting scrub jay every morning. Shelled unsalted peanuts, scraps of cheese, meat and bread (wheat) for the crows and a selection of seeds for the sparrows, towhees, finches, doves and ring necked pigeons who visit us each day.

Lovely pictures of a handsome bird, thank you.

 

 COMMENT 764084 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-17 01:28 PM

I miss the scrub jay who used to visit me every day when I moved to Solvang. He/she would sit on your arm or shoulder and take peanuts in the shell from your hand. We have one now in the neighborhood but not so friendly.It won't eat from your hand. My 90 year old neighbor whistles and the scrub jay appears on the porch.

 

 COMMENT 764148 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-17 04:44 PM

Costco has unshelled-unsalted peanuts for very little. Big bag! My jays love them.

 

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