The Instinctive Flight of the Blue Jay

What can be learned from these amazing birds?
Blue Jays love peanuts. Google taught me this. I now buy bags of salted peanuts from Trader Joe’s. I put them on the top ledge of the six foot fence that lines one side of our yard.
The peanuts are indeed a treat for them. My treat is getting to watch them eat the peanuts. The way they zoom into their target and scoop up each nut with precision is pure entertainment. What is most impressive and noteworthy is the way they remain on high alert, even while eating. They never let down their guard, not for a second.
We humans don’t have these instincts. Maybe we evolved to have them but living in modern society has dumbed them down to the point of near extinction. Coupled with the second-guessing of any instinct we may have, we have an almost zero chance of sharpening our ancestral skills.
Watching the Blue Jays, I am amazed at the precision of their every movement. Even a fraction turn of their head is executed with a laser like sharpness. They are aware of everything. They have a 360 degree view of their surroundings at all times. They are aggressive, intentional, and about as sure-footed as any creature can be.
There are endless lessons to be learned from the Blue Jay if we are fortunate enough to be able to observe them and only if we choose to do so.