Coopernicus’s chair
Friday October 12th 2012, 10:52 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

It has been so long since he came so close. I looked up just as he landed.

On the back of the chair on the other side of the window.

He was wagging his tail repeatedly at first, shifting his feet, glancing around, antsy–anybody hiding in those elephant ears? C’mon, I know you’re in there, I’m dining al fresco and I’d like a little lunch before it rains.

And then he became more still and settled in place.

A few moments later, he looked at me from the right. Then from the left. Straight on. Trying for the best bird’s-eye view with me. Lunch was forgotten; we simply were.

His colors are a bit faded, spring’s brightness months over. But the chestnut at the front, the gray racing stripe across his head, the stripes in the tail, still beautiful. And in good shape, too; I’d found a bedraggled tail feather and had been concerned that the oil I’d sprayed awhile ago on the parchment paper on the awning pole to thwart the squirrels might have done him damage in passing–but no, not at all, he was fine. And now I know.

The jays kept away for a good long time after he was gone.

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Friends, meeting for lunch…

Comment by Channon 10.13.12 @ 5:57 am

how wonderful that he dropped in for that little “meeting of the minds”

I discovered yesterday that the jays have a nest in my blue spruce tree — I got to watch them coming and going for quite a while

Comment by Bev 10.13.12 @ 9:15 am

Smart jay! How wonderful to have that brief moment with another creature!

Comment by Don Meyer 10.13.12 @ 9:54 am

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