Occasionally I will see an Eastern Blue Jay come and dine at the backyard bird feeder station. Usually these medium-sized blue-white and black birds are ground feeders. Once in a while they also will catch insects on leaves up in the tree canopy or on bushy shrubs. The Blue Jays are pretty birds and I like having them around in spite of their noisy calls and songs. They tend to be a little bit of a bully when it comes to the smaller birds and the feeder. I noticed that all of the little finches and even the larger Cowbirds left when that single Blue Jay flew up to the feeder.
One of the main attractions about this feed is that there are Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and a few Peanuts in the mix. Both are beloved by the Blue Jays! The Blue Jay finished dining and then just flew off. I do not think that these birds nest in my trees, but rather in the large trees in my neighbor’s yard. The Jays have moved elsewhere in the neighborhood and are seldom here anymore. I took these pictures in early June, 2011 from my deck. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!