Before I jump into a discussion about blue jays, the stars of my upcoming novel, I'd like to first discuss their brilliant cousin --the great crow. I've posted a link to an interesting article about crows. This link takes you to the article, where you will find a Ted talk link within the document.
Most birders are interested only in rare birds. Or gorgeous birds with their fascinating, lively colors, and dance routines, and perfect nests. Corvids, particularly crows, are so abundant we all take them for granted. They're our scavengers. They are loud. They steal your food at barbecues when you turn your back. They swoop down and grab peanuts you've tossed for squirrels. Some people see a corvid's stubborn resolve as obnoxious--your basic pest. But do they have to be a pest?
This behavioralist asks the question--why can't we work with them, allow them to be our friends in nature.
They are well equipped to help us because crows, and blue jays for that matter, are easy to train. In fact, they can figure out complex tasks with no help as long as they are motivated. That's what this Ted Talk is about. Click on the picture
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