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Jay Continutes Relentless Battle Against 3rd Floor Cat

Cat gives blue jay the bird

The eggs have hatched in the fire escape nest built by blue jays on Fifth Street in Manhattan, but that hasn’t stopped the blue jay father from obsessing over a cat that lives down the block.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ujjLakFGv0&hl=en&fs=1]This video compared to the last one shows why you should use a tripod.

The tabby is no threat to him or his brood. But the blue jay is out there every afternoon that I’ve checked and some mornings, too.
I’ve also seen the cat hanging out by the window, waiting for his entertainer to show up.

I don’t really understand the feeding procedure. The mother blue jay sometimes gapes for her mate. And she also picks up something from the nest and eats it herself.

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4 comments to Jay Continutes Relentless Battle Against 3rd Floor Cat

  • […] safe backyard. I caught the bird. One of the jay parents–I’d like to think it was the angry father blue jay who spent much of the last month swooping at cat who sits behind a third floor…–swooped down and kicked me on the […]

  • […] safe backyard. I caught the bird. One of the jay parents–I’d like to think it was the angry father blue jay who spent much of the last month swooping at cat who sits behind a third floor…–swooped down and kicked me on the […]

  • cvinzant

    Hi Victoria–
    Sorry about your blue jay problem. They are very serious birds. I don’t think they’ll let you move the nest. You’d probably have to wear a helmet. I’ve wondered about putting cushioning out or even hanging an open, upside-down umbrella under the fire escape nest.
    the parents keep looking to find them and feed them after they fall.
    thanks about jolly. I sure miss my good boy

  • j. v.

    Hi Carol –

    Sorry not to see you as often since you lost lovely jolly.

    i have a backyard apartment and have been tormented by protective blue jays – to the point that i have taken to wearing hoodies coming and going. terrifying stuff.

    is there any value to moving a whole nest if we see it on the third floor; last summer we lost so many hatchlings who fell. Or perhaps plastic covered foam so at least they have a soft place to fall…will the mother come back for them?

    be well and happy.
    victoria