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A Very Active Eastern Blue Jay Comes to Visit

"Take-off"

There is an Eastern Blue Jay that occasionally comes around the Oak Trees near the pond.  The acorns must have a few larvae in them and that may be what the Jay is after.  Of course, there are earthworms in the grass pasture along the pond’s shoreline as well.  The Eastern Blue Jay seems to be alone but then, there are woods nearby where the larger flock may live.  Eastern Blue Jays enjoy insects and tend to feed on the ground mainly.  They also will eat certain nuts and seeds.  They love peanuts, corn, and sunflower seeds.  I was very happy to see this beautiful bright blue, black and white bird!  I took these pictures in my yard on November 7, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Blue Jay and the Bird Feeder

Eastern Blue Jays are smart birds.  I recently have noticed that at least one of the local Blue Jays has learned to eat from my backyard hopper tray feeder.  I have a broad mix of seeds in that feeder with Sunflower and Peanuts being favorites of the jays.  Each time the jay would eat at the feeder it would pick and choose, sorting through the seeds for the types it enjoyed the most.  The other seeds fell to the ground where the Eastern Chipmunk cleaned up the fallen grains.  The Eastern Blue Jay must have a nest nearby as I have been seeing one at a time coming to the feeder.  I usually was seeing three or four together on the ground or up in trees.  I have been seeing the Blue Jay eating from the feeder now for about a week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Brilliant Eastern Blue Jays

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!

The Engaging, Curious and Lovely Eastern Blue Jay

Blue Jays have been coming to my yards this last week in noisy but beautiful small flocks of three to five birds.  These Eastern Blue Jays are really terrific-looking birds!  The Eastern Blue Jay has a loud screeching type call as well as a more musical whistle tone song.  They are curious, intelligent and social medium-sized birds.  They do have a reputation as bullies at times.  The Eastern Blue Jays also sometimes seem to work together in being a bit territorial about food.  I have multiple small piles of scattered bird seed mix on the ground in my yards so there really is enough for not just the Jays but for the other songbirds, chipmunks, squirrels, coots and, occasional ducks.  Don’t laugh about the idea of coots and ducks as I have had both here in both my front and back yards!  Getting back to the Blue Jays – the Jays enjoy peanuts, sunflower seeds, and cracked corn.  The Jays also eat insects but will always enjoy easily obtained snacks of seeds, dried fruits, and nuts!  I like the visiting Blue Jays.  Our Eastern Blue Jays are fun to have around!  I took these pictures on February 2, 2011 and on Feb. 3, 2011 from my windows (it was quite cold both days so I did not go out much).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Blue Jays in the Snow

Eastern Blue Jay with Male Northern Cardinal

Eastern Blue Jays have started to come around to my yards ever since I have sprinkled bird seed and squirrel chow mix on the ground recently.  I have put out the bird seed so that ground-feeding birds such as the Eastern Blue Jays, the Mourning Doves, Dark-Eyed Juncos and the Northern Cardinals can have some supplemental food.  The weather has been quite cold with snow on the ground.  The beautiful but noisy Jays really enjoy eating the peanuts, sunflower seeds, and that corn.  The dried corn is a bit of a challenge for the Blue Jays however.  I saw one Jay just take the corn kernel and pound the corn against the branch of the tree and peck at that corn with its sharp bill.  I am sure that the Jay finally worked that kernel of corn down to a size that was easy for the Eastern Blue Jay to eat.  The Eastern Blue Jay usually eats insects but with all of the snow on the ground, the Jays will eat almost any seed that they can find!  These birds are a turquoise blue with a bit of teal blue color as well as white and black accents.  They have a very attractive top knot crest.  I enjoyed seeing all of the Blue Jays here recently.  I took these pictures on Jan. 9, 2011, and Jan. 10, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Beautiful Birds Here for the New Year

Goldfinches, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, Eastern Blue Jays, House Finches, and Northern Cardinals are just some of the songbirds that have graced my bird feeder and front yard in the past two days of the New Year of 2011.  I just get so excited to see all of the beautiful and very colorful birds that come for a quick bite to eat.  Our weather here has gone from snow and bitter cold to a mile upper 40’s and now back down a bit.  We also had some rain on New Year’s Day.  I try to have a mix of different bird seeds that everyone in the above groups of birds seem to enjoy.  I have millet and niger plus the black oil sunflower seeds, and cracked peanuts, juniper berries, and even some striped sunflower seeds in this all-purpose mix.  I take a finch mix and combine it with a songbird mix.  I also have that Purina Squirrel Chow on the ground mixed with some of the feeder seed.  I like having a bit of bird seed on the ground so the ground feeding birds get a bit of the treat, too.  I took these pictures from my yard on  12/24/10, 12/31/10, and 1/2/11.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

 

Blue Jays on a Cold Day in December

The Eastern Blue Jays are here with us all year-long.  The Jays have not been around my backyard very often so when they do appear, I try to catch some photographs to capture the memory.  I really enjoy seeing these bright turquoise blue birds.  The Eastern Blue Jays are a bit bigger and are much more chatty than the Scrub Jays I used to see back in Southern California.  These Eastern Blue Jays prefer eating insects but will come to yards with tasty bits of cracked corn, sunflower seeds, and peanut treats.  I took these pictures on a cold morning on December 21, 2010.  By the way, the lake here froze-over last night (12-27-10).  This is the second time this winter that the lake has iced-over.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Blue Jays on the Lawn and in Lower Branches

I walked with my camera down my street the day before yesterday on 10/10/10 and saw these Eastern Blue Jays flying from the ground to the lower branches of the Dogwoods, and Oaks.  Blue Jays usually perch in the highest branches of the Oaks and Hickories here.  They announce themselves rather noisily when flying.  I rarely see them in my own backyard.  I also rarely catch a glimpse of the Blue Jays on the ground feeding.  There must have been some tasty insects around.  We have had a recent boom in flying insects such as no-see-ums and mosquitos here on my street so I am very glad to have the birds enjoy the small insect appetizers!  Blue Jays also will eat large seeds and nuts plus fruits and berries, although these birds prefer insects.  The Blue Jays are beautiful turquoise blue, darker teal blue, white birds with black accents.  The Eastern Blue Jays are slightly larger and more colorful than the Western Scrub Jay, but about the same as the Stella Blue Jay.  There also are some white mutations in the Blue Jay species which are quite rare.  I have never seen a white Blue Jay  in person, but have seen a picture of one.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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