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Eastern Blue Jays are brilliantly colored and seem quite brilliant in their intellect and social skills (with other Jays that is).  I have been occasionally seeing small groups of Eastern Blue Jays here in the front yard.  The Blue Jays come in two’s and three’s.  They are enjoying the squirrel seed mix of peanuts, corn, and sunflower seeds.  They also will eat insects.  The Eastern Blue Jays are great communicators.  They have a very loud screetch-like set of calls.  They also have a musical chime-like two note call.  These medium-sized turquoise blue, black and white birds can be heard from half a block away at times.  They are ground feeders.  The Eastern Blue Jay has a reputation for being a bully against smaller songbirds.  I have never seen this myself here.  I took these pictures from my windows on several days during the past few weeks including yesterday.  We had a very rainy day yesterday.   In two of the pictures, you can see a wet or totally drenched Eastern Blue Jay.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Brilliant Eastern Blue Jays" (12)

  1. i do love these raucous birds! their size and color alone draws attention – then their voice!!! 🙂

  2. Looks like your Jays like to pose for your camera. Wonderful shots. We are getting the rain today, suppose to be an all day event. YUCK! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    • Hi Eileen, We had a big soaking rain with about 2-1/2″ yesterday and a few drops today. I hope you do not have any severe weather. Thanks for the weekend wishes and your nice comments! Have a fabulous day!

  3. lindell dillon said:

    Bluejays are common birds here in OK and there are some down on the creek, but they seldom visit my feeders. And that’s OK. 🙂

  4. These are really good photos of the Jays! Excellent! I like the wet ones… to typical, and the one with a kernel of corn in his mouth is great. We had one who would visit occasionally last summer but I could never get a good photo of him.

    • Hi Montucky, These Eastern Blue Jays are quite interested in the happenings around them – very alert birds. They can communicated with their flock-mates from a long distance. I think that there may be as many as thirty Eastern Jays here in the overall neighborhood but I usually see a trio or sometimes four. Glad you do occasionally have them where you live. Have a great Saturday today!

  5. Great pictures, I have yet to get any good ones. Yes, they ARE bullies! And I have never heard the musical call, wish I could. All I hear is the screech!

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, the call is something like a pleasant door bell – but I can’t adequately describe it. I get thrilled by the many and varied birds I see in my yards almost every day. Have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow and thanks for the nice comments you make here.

  6. Oh Yes—our Blue Jays are back also… They are LOUDER than most any other bird which comes to our feeders. They even seem to scare the smaller finches when they come around. BUT–they don’t scare those darn squirrels at all!!!! ha

    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  7. They are beautiful birds. I know a lot of people don’t like them because they are bullies, but I like the color they add to our winter feeders.

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