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.
- 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