Because of their aggressive nature, some birders dread
the site of Blue Jays at their backyard feeders. Known for destroying
the eggs and nestlings of other birds, Blue Jays are often seen as a
threat to other songbirds. Regardless of their troubled reputation, Blue
Jays are one of the most beautiful birds that you can see in your
backyard. What makes Blue Jays so special? Let's take a look:
Blue Jays are a very common sight east of the Rocky Mountains from Texas
to Southern Canada. Their unique blue, white, and black plumage is some
of the most recognizable in the bird world. Blue Jays typically stay in
the same area throughout the year, though some have been observed
migrating south in the fall and north in the spring. It has been noted
that Blue Jays that migrate are often first year birds, rather than
mature adults. They have 1-2 broods during the year, consisting of 4-5
eggs. The male and female Blue Jays are nearly identical in their
appearance and difficult to tell apart, due in part to their similar
look and behavior.
Blue Jays are extremely vocal, often using their "jaay-call",
as well as a number of other sounds. Blue Jays are also able to imitate
hawk calls, which they may use to scatter other songbirds. Blue Jays
build their nests and will not use man-made housing. They prefer to
build their nests in coniferous trees at heights ranging from 8 to 20
feet off the ground. Nests are built using twigs, bark, leaves, and are
lined with finer materials.
Though a Blue Jay will destroy and eat eggs and nestlings of other
birds, those two things only make up a small part of its diet. They most
consume nuts, seeds, insects, and fruits, and are particularly fond of
acorns, beechnuts, and black oil sunflower seeds. Their insect diet is
comprised of grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars. Blue Jays are very
resourceful when it comes to food gathering, and will eagerly feed at
backyard feeding stations. To attract Blue Jays, you can use a variety
of different seed feeders. Blue Jays will use tube, platform, tray, and
hopper feeders, and will eat mixed seeds as well as cracked corn.
If would like to attract Blue Jays to your backyard, BirdNest.com
has a wide selection of products to meet your needs. We offer one of the
largest selections of bird feeders, seed, and carry several informative
books, such as the Stokes' Guide to Bird Behavior Volume 1 and their
Eastern Region Field Guide to Birds at www.bestnest.com.
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