“This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.”
This description from Cornell’s All About Birds site says so much succinctly. The Blue Jay is a bird of intelligence and strong familial relations along with an attitude of screechy stridence. This is a bird who has played an important role in the ecology of our temperate forests for the last 10,000 years at least in part due to its passion for acorns. I can easily imagine it having close links to its ancestor, the dinosaur. It is ubiquitous and long lived, meaning it is resilient, adaptable, admirable traits.
I find myself asking why we do not worship this bird. It has a crown of feathers worthy of monarchy. And a sense of entitlement. Instead, we tend to devalue the common birds very much like we reach for Round Up every time we spot a so-called weed.
I hope in the years to come we awaken to the power of the weedy resilient flora and fauna and recognize their brilliance. Then we might find the grace of living in concert with the other myriad inhabitants of this planet earth in order that all may thrive together. January 2018