My Blue Jays

Blue Jay Nest with Eggs
Blue Jay Nest with Eggs | Source

They were a lovely pair that nested near my house all year long. One never seemed to be without the other. If he was on the ground she was in a nearby tree singing her praise. If she was eating from the seed he was above her with protective eyes. The two of them flew from pine tree to pine tree chittering and crooning. When danger was near, whether it was a cat or a hawk, I could hear the Blue Jays’ warning screeches from inside even with the windows shut. I watched for my Blue Jay pair daily and drew such enjoyment from watching them interact. I got to watch a nest one year that held their baby Blue Jays. I could hear the babies crying from the nest and see the tops of their tiny heads if I stood on my tiptoes. The proud parents must have trusted me somewhat because they never screeched at the sight of me. I loved those babies. I counted them each time I peeked in the nest. If I heard the hawk I worried endlessly about the babies until I saw four tiny heads bobbing around. One day they were just gone. I still hope they grew up, learned to fly and found mates of their own.

Lone Blue Jay
Lone Blue Jay | Source

Even after the nest emptied my Blue Jay couple stayed in my yard. One day I walked out onto my porch for some air and I saw a small blue feather on the ground and heard the hawk scream in the distance. I also heard a Blue Jay screech a warning. My heart fell into my stomach when I heard the lone warning as I picked up the feather. I followed the sound of the single Blue Jay to a pine tree in my backyard. I looked up and saw the male Blue Jay on a branch still crying out. Below him rested his lady love in a heap on the pine needles. I quickly ran over and peered down at the still form and noticed her eyes were staring back at me, trailing my every move. Everything got silent at that point. The beautiful girl stared at me and I thought no no no over and over. I could see her breathing rapidly. I ran back to the house to get a towel to pick her up and take her to the vet – although I had no idea what they could’ve really done for her. I got the towel and rushed back to the tree where her mate was still watching and waiting silently. But by time I made it back the rapid breathing had stopped and her eyes were no longer shiny. She had died. I take comfort in knowing she did not die alone. But my heart still breaks for my lonely male bird that now flies solo. He still sits on the same branch above where his loves body had been and waits for her to come back to him.

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mjfarns 5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois USA

Nothing says lifetime devotion like a Lionel Richie tune :) Just kidding, very nice hub! I voted up!

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Your experience is very beautiful. This story reminds me life is a harsh reality.

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks mj!! Lionel Richie is so retro he's finally coming back into his own - again :)

Hi Vinaya and thanks. It was nice while they were here and I still miss seeing them. It was a sad day when mama blue jay passed on.

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I guess it takes two to hub-tango Ardie because you made me smile too and also cry for this absolutely beautiful and heartfelt hub of your obvious love for nature in all of its splendor and will post this most remarkable story to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - lake erie time 11:25pm and sending you warm wishes and good energy

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Epi, you always know how to make me blush with such sweet words. Thank you :)

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Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

Wow, this was so sweet. It brought a tear to my eyes. Voted up.

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks for the vote Jenna! Its a year later and I still get teary when I see Mr Blue Jay waiting.

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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

This was a beautiful hub. I was fortunate to watch a pair of blue jays over the summer. They are a lot of fun to sit and watch

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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary

Beautiful story, Ardie. The love of a Blue Jay couple. :) It's a heartbreak that he lost her. But they will live again and find each other. In another time. Love is eternal.

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

So sad - and yet, there's a poignant beauty in their undying love!

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fucsia 5 years ago

Beautiful story about love: the love of these birds and the love you have for the nature and the animals. Your Hub touched me because I love animals and nature. And nature is also cruel, but natural.

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carolinemd21 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

Beautiful and endearing. :)

Ghaelach 5 years ago

Morning Ardie.

Lovely but sad story. He had lost his true love a little to soon.

This happens to we humans as well, so i would think we know how he felt.

Nice hub and beautiful foto's.

Take care Ardie.

LOL Ghaelach

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Purple Turtle 5 years ago from Home

Wow Ardie. Your story about your Blue Jays really made me wonder. The person that first said, "You don't know what you have got till it's gone," must have gone through a similar pain. This story made me reflect on everything I have and appreciate it a little bit more.

Bardie 5 years ago

I'm having a difficult time typing because I keep wiping tears from my eyes. How sad and beautiful!

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi mljdgulley and thank you stopping in. They ARE a lot of fun to watch. They are very protective and aggressive and vocal. The blue jay is my favorite bird :)

Haunty – Thanks for reading – I hope you’re right that they will find each other again and be together to love forever. It’s a nice thought that each living thing has a special other they’re meant to be with. Love IS eternal.

Shalini – I know! While I wish Mr Blue Jay could move on and find another mate or just be happy alone it’s sweet to see him waiting for her.

Fucsia, I do love nature. Its amazing what we can learn from it if we take the time to watch silently.

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Carolinemd1 – thank you for reading! I was worried about posting my adoration for a bird couple but the support has been overwhelming!

Aaah Ghaelach – Im glad you picked up on the sadness of this story. My heart hurts for the poor little thing. Sadly he wont let me near.

Purple Turtle reads about blue birds – I love it! Yes, you don’t know what you have until its gone and then it almost destroys you. Hold your love a little closer tonight. Thanks for reading.

Bardie, thank you for reading! I was nervous I wouldn’t do justice to the story. But if you are teary I got the point across.

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melodyandes 5 years ago

Very entertaining hub!

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Melodyandes :)

jenubouka 5 years ago

Such a gift to witness a soul connection with natures creations, it goes to show how powerful love is.

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi jen, The love and adoration was miraculous! I always wanted to know what they were saying to each other ;)

jenubouka 5 years ago

Maybe your the bird whisperer....I think I see a story from Ardie....

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Jen! You know I'd end up making them like Tom and Jerry hahah But it would be fun...maybe a children's story :D

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

u should fry up those eggs with some onions and bacon

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Ooooh!!! PDX, not nice Hahah the poor babies!

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Well I moved you to tears and now its your turn to move me to tears. I guess we are a pair of big softies.

Your story is so touching and I felt for the male losing his love.

Small birds are so delicate and once in shock there is little anyone can do.

The photos are just lovely

You have one big big heart Ardie

Voting up all the button except funny

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Rosemary! Isnt it amazing how sappy we can get when it comes to nature and animals? Those beautiful whales - my sweet blue jays...such sadness. Thanks for the votes :)

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

well, ya know, just thought. Interesting that the eggs are blue though...

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Haha blue eggs for blue birdies! I always get sad when I find little blue egg shells crushed in my driveway.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i still think you need to make a blue jay omelete

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Oh PDX! You just try to make me upset. But I cant be mad at that cute little coffee mug - whats really in there anyways?! Dont tell me raw eggs...

Poetic Fool 5 years ago

Ardie, this is a touching, sad piece made all the more sad because it isn't fiction. We shooed off from our backyard a hawk devouring another bird just this past weekend. It's made us think twice about letting our cat out in the yard. Thanks for sharing this touching piece.

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you!! True stories always hit me harder too. Those hawks can be nasty things. Please keep your cat safe. I realize the hawks are nature too but its difficult to see them eating something you feel bonded with. Thank you for reading :)

iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

We all have love for the animals; whether they are our own or natures creatures. I love your story that came from your heart :) Voted up!

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Audra :) I think this is one of my most favoritest Hubs so far. It makes me think of undying love and the cruel truth of nature. Life at its worst and yet still at its finest. Thanks for reading this!

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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Hiya Ardie,

Nature is cruel at times and at others is so amazing. Your pictures of them are stunning. You never know the babies may return with their mates some time soon.

Good work.

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hiya Steve!! Thanks for reading this one - its a fave of mine :) We do have more blue jays in the yard now...maybe the babies.

lesley 4 years ago

I just found your post about the experience you had with this beautiful pair. I too have a lovely pair who I adore, but the sweet female jay has been missing for a couple days now and I always see the beautiful male jay all alone. I have gotten to know these two quite well and can relate to your story you have posted. I havn't shed a tear yet but reading this makes me want to because I don't want sweetgirl to be gone, I wanted to see Blue and his mate Sweetgirl make it for a long time. I feel so sad seeing him alone, he is a very beautiful mate and took such tender care of her and she was a beautiful fun female who I come to appreciate and adore. Life is hard for a wild blue jay, that is one thing that I have come to realize. I just hope my sweet lone male jay finds himself a good mate. Thanks for sharing your beautiful but sad story I hope that your male jay is doing well and has another mate in his life

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi lesley =) I love the story of your sweet blue jays - I hope the female comes back safe and sound. I havent seen my blue jays in quite some time because I moved away from my woods. I like to think that my male jay found another lady love. Thank you for sharing your story.

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