Bluejay, Kendall Lake, CVNRA, 07-13-2018
Crito and I were making the Lake Trail loop at Kendall Lake on Friday the 13th. The day started pleasantly cool, but it was already getting warm by 10:00 a.m., as we were on the west side of the lake getting ready to turn back toward the shelter and parking lot. Then we heard a loud racket in a tree to the lakeside of the trail, a thrashing and buzzing sound. Immediately afterward, a blur of blue and white came crashing down through the branches and landed awkwardly on the leaf litter below. We soon figured out that a bluejay had caught (but not killed) a cicada. The bird flew up to a low branch in a small tupelo to our right. The cicada was still buzzing and twitching as its captor held it against the branch and tried to figure out how to start eating. Eventually, the cicada was dispatched, but it took two or three minutes for the bluejay to finish eating.
Unfortunately, neither Crito nor I were able to capture the most exciting part of the adventure with our cameras, but we managed to record the meal.