Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Blue Jay and Robin Conflict

      I have an old sprawly lilac on the east side of my yard. It's a great shrub as it has a very dark lilac blooms and many times birds inhabit this tree.

     A few days ago I looked out to see a blue jay frantically flying around and around in the upper branches. Then I noticed a robin on the ground under the tree. The robin was watching the blue jay and also running back and forth.

     The blue jay made a mistake. He took his eyes off the robin for a second. The robin quickly moved into a dense bed of old irises. The blue jay just a quickly forgot about the robin and took off.

     It seemed as if the blue jay thought, "I sure fixed him." and the robin was breathing a sigh of relief that he had escaped a nuisance.

     I was surprised to see this competition as it's well past nesting season. I have no idea what they were squabbling about, but it was interesting while it lasted


  1. Could they have a 2nd nest? It's been a banner year for that!

  2. Yes, lots of second nests here too. It's the first time in years since we've had robins around for the whole summer. Thanks for the comment on this blog.