and had a visitorWho first showed up by landing on a hammer handle about 18" from me and looking me over. A little while later he landed on the dogs water tub for a drink(the dogs drink out of the birdbath, so I guess he decided theirs was better)
And then, with a squawk and flutter
there were two. Who sat there and drank for a couple of minutes. At which point
Number Three came in. They sat there for a while longer,
drinking and resting. Then the largest hopped into the water. At which point one of the snoozing dogs rolled over and he spooked and flew, but the other two stayed for a while.
I've never had jays land that close to me at all, let alone settle in and spend some time.