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A Pair of Blue Jays December 16, 2011

Filed under: Birding,Fall,Winter — Paula B @ 10:58 AM
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I have Blue Jays around my neighborhood. I know because I hear them squawking and flitting in and out of the tops of my pines.

They usually do not visit my feeders. That is until I put out this “tray” feeder with a suet ball, some whole peanuts (they love them!) and a sprinkle of black-oiled sunflower seeds. I also noticed in the summer if I toss out some old bread scraps, suddenly they appear to gobble them up.

Last weekend, they were frequent visitors. I got my camera ready, but they are tough to catch. They don’t sit long; grabbing a quick bite and flying away. Since they came around a few times, I was actually able to get a couple of shots.

pair of blue jays | paulasgarden | paula bonelliDo you have them in your yard? I love the crest on their heads and they are so easy to spot in the winter with their bright blue feathers in stark contrast to the white snow.

blue jay at feeder | | paula bonelli I have mixed feelings about having them in my yard since a small part of their diet is nest eggs and nestlings! But winter is OK since there are no nesting birds. 🙂

blue jay perched | | paula bonelli

Here’s some quick facts about Blue Jays from Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

  • Capable of making a wide variety of sounds — a bell-like tull-ull call, a melodious whistled teekle, a variety of chattering sounds, harsh notes, and growls. They can even imitate the scream of a Red-shouldered hawk!
  • Jays are known for their intelligence.
  • Most of their diet consists of insects and nuts.
  • The oldest known wild, banded Blue Jay lived to be at least 17 years 6 months old.
  • Listen to the most common sounds of the Blue Jay

2 Responses to “A Pair of Blue Jays”

  1. Daniel Says:

    I get a crowd of these guys at my feeders every day, squawking and shrieking at each other. It always seems to me that the Blue Jay vocabulary is made up entirely of swear words.

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