Bernal Heights Bluebird Can’t Resist Cigarette Cravings

Neighbor Preston photographed a blue jay getting a nicotine fix from his balcony on Ripley:

This bird flew up to an ashtray, beaked up a cigarette, went back to the railing on the balcony and just chilled there for a bit with it in its mouth. holy sh*t.

PHOTO: Neighbor Preston

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6 Responses to Bernal Heights Bluebird Can’t Resist Cigarette Cravings

  1. Brett Levine says:

    Please don’t teach our bird bad habits by letting him come to your “cool” house and smoke cigarettes. We feed that guy only organic peanuts and an occasional table scrap like pizza or hot dogs. Keep your ashtrays out of reach!

    • teresa says:

      Aha! You are the peanut source! Only the finest organic peanuts, in the shell, I presume? I have been finding peanut shells in our backyard in the weirdest places and imagining the clever neighborhood creature that stole away with a stash to dine on in our garden. Now I see it’s almost certainly these blue guys, who are frequent visitors.

      • Brett Levine says:

        Yup must be me. Either that or birds of a feather feed birds together. Just can’t resist their cawing but now I realize it’s just a nicfit. Anyway so you know I’m ornithologically-minded, this is my parrot: http://www.pixelthebird.com.

  2. This picture is *begging* to be photoshopped…

  3. That is my kind of bird… Not being pushed into any new ideals…. It old school or no school for this old stodgy bird! Ha ha. Kidding. love it though.. funny!

  4. mollysamuel says:

    As Bernalwood’s (lapsed) urban naturalist, I feel I must weigh in here: that is a western scrub jay. We don’t have plain old blue jays on the West Coast (no offense, East Coast; I actually think your blue jays are awesome). We do have western bluebirds, but not that I’ve ever seen in Bernal.

    And that’s enough of this public service announcement.

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