The blue jays eggs are 1.8 – 2.2 cm (0.7 – 0.9 inches) wide. I finally reached the spot where the hawk sounds were the loudest. These mountains are full. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Adult Blue Jays are k… The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a large, crested songbird native to North America with bright blue coloration. Your comments and vote are so very much appreciated. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2013: We have the pleasure of seeing Blue Jays bathing in our birdbath in our backyard on a daily basis year round here in Houston. Here in North Texas I've discovered that one of our blue jays imitates the calls of crows and grackles. Not always conspicuous, they slip furtively through the trees when tending their own nest or going to rob the nest of another bird. All three flew off together to another spot in the woods to repeat the same dance. Blue Jays make a large variety of calls. How interesting:). With their pinkish plumage, and characteristic flash of blue, they will be familiar to many people as woodland birds that are increasingly seen in gardens, even in cities. It has been found that younger blue jays are more likely to migrate than adults, however it could be that the jays most likely to survive to older age are those that don't migrate as frequently. Aren't they just the most beautiful shades of blue?! You have a great image of the jay. I enjoyed it. Blue jays will occupy almost every bird-feeder east of Rocky Mountains. So I'm quite sure they were females. Jays have a white face, black collar, blue wings and back with a blue tail trimmed with white and black feathers. Presumably they are using the insects to catch and remove lice and other irritating parasites. But I still think it is a beauty. prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 07, 2013: I am birds lovers. You proved that the 'smell' of humans handling birds or their nests does nothing to deter the parents from continuing to care for their young. I saw many blue jays when I lived in PA, however I have not seen any here where I live in NC. I cut it up into bird-manageable pieces and watch the fun! The coloration of the blue jay comes from light interference due to the internal structure of their feathers - if a feather is crushed, it will not maintain its blue coloration. The no motive theory contends that blue jays simply imitate sounds they hear, hawk calls included. I have one that visits now and then that is almost an aqua color. But I love their colors and their crazy mimicry. I have a cardinal that I see near my patio about every day. These species are considered to be intelligent and extraordinarily curious birds. Most vocalizations are used to intimidate or threaten other birds or intruders near nesting or feeding areas. They are occasional predators. 16. Blue jays typically form monogamous pairs and stay together for life. Your supportive comments and votes are so very much appreciated. Compare the Blue Jay's many calls below. Some birds have been heard to imitate hawk calls. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree; both sexes participate. I didn't know about the Indian blue jay. Blue Jays will imitate hawks to warn other birds that a hawk is in the area and they need to take cover or to scare predators away. Connie Smith (author) from Southern Tier New York State on June 20, 2013: Kathryn, I am so pleased you stopped by to visit me and my 'birds'! They do not consume all the acorns they take rather they start burying acorns in large numbers than those eaten. They have fooled me more than once with their clever impersonations. I made a nest in an empty plant container and hung it in the tree. At a very young age, Connie learned from her Grandma Pearl to observe and love backyard birds. Then I knew. It was then I knew I had been fooled by one of the best and most versatile mimics in the bird world. Maybe once spring is officially here, they will come back again. I give you a big round of applause for saving that nest full of baby blue jays!! Blue Jays are very secretive when it comes to building nests. Interested in Blue Jay Gifts & Decor? This is what I learned. Thank you! In addition to seed and grain feeders, blue jays enjoy eating from suet feeders as well. Like us on Facebook for 5% off your order, Largest selection of rustic cabin decor on the web. Blue Jays can imitate calls of their predators, especially hawks, and may use these calls to test whether or not these predators are in the area. They use alternate routes and decoy locations so that no predator can easily follow them to the nesting site. He would come back a little later and start the process again. Its similarly hued cousin on the West Coast, the California Scrub-Jay, is also common and only slightly less abrasive. www.highlandscashiersproperties.com. Last year the wind blue their babies to the grass. American Expedition is proud to present information, facts, habitat info, bird feeding tips and pictures of the Blue Jay. Captive Blue Jays sometimes learn to imitate human speech and meowing cats. :). I know that jays are long-lived, and my phone dialer is the proof! Distinguishing characteristics of the blue jay include the pronounced blue crest on their heads, which the blue jay may lower and raise depending on mood, and which will bristle outward when the bird is being aggressive or becomes frightened. Jays are very sociable birds and so have many different calls, and can imitate other birds, especially other crows. Blue jays will attack humans if they get too close to their nesting areas. My blue jays were decidedly absent most of the milder part of the winter this year. Blue jays eat their young. Blue Jays have strong bills. jay! It is so nice to see their beautiful blue coloring against the white snow. Their favorites are sunflower seeds, peanuts, cracked corn, pieces of stale bread or baked goods, suet and berries. Blue jays will sometimes eat eggs and nestlings of other birds, but this is rare. They have a black-collared neck, and the black extends down the sides of their heads - their bill, legs, and eyes are also all black. The first theory is the mimicry serves as a warning to other jays about any lurking hawks. I have hung a larger, saucer type bird feeder on the other side of the house with dried bread, scraps for fruit and nuts, but still no blue jays. — L. Mann, Dexter, Michigan. I have never seen one at one of my bird feeders though. Young are altricial, and are brooded by the female for 8–12 days after hatching. He would finally decide on one and fly away with it. It was fun and fascinating to watch. Blue jays most often have a monogamous breeding partner for life. It's great that you can enjoy them year round. Some blue jays are permanent residents of their range, but others will form into flocks ranging between 5 and 250 in order to migrate southwards. In Eastern Ontario and the blue jays at our cottage imitate our cats meow...perhaps keeps the other critters away from the bird feeder. Most people don't realize that it is a myth about human scent, bird nests and baby birds. Connie Smith (author) from Southern Tier New York State on September 03, 2011: This is fascinating to me. Hunters don't particularly care for them as they not only frighten birds with their mimicking sounds, but also other wildlife. At first I was stumped. Blue jays love bread, crackers, any day-old bakery items! I am so glad you stopped by and commented. I have photographed the blue Jay in my place too in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Thank you for the Vote and your inspiring words. Once the wings and muscles are developed, the birds stay together until the winter when the young leave to avoid competing for food. Blue Jays can imitate calls of their predators, especially hawks, and may use these calls to test whether or not these predators are in the area. Voted up and awesome. How prevalent is this? They also have their own form of insect control. Blue jays are known to be beautiful, intelligent, and highly aggressive birds. During breeding season they become quiet, especially when near their nests. I am sure you have some very lovely birds as well. There were several at the feeder off and on the other day as I watched them gobbling down the pieces of stale crackers I had provided. Their loudness led the parents back and they fed and cared for them till they flew away. Take care. If you’re concerned that the scrub-jays have driven off the other birds, there are things you can do. That gives them additional oils that help their feathers stay in tip-top shape; and the fats maintain warmth and energy levels. They each flew from branch to branch cooing softly and trying to get closer to her. Try watching from a window instead of sitting next to the feeder. Connie Smith (author) from Southern Tier New York State on January 06, 2012: I am so glad you stopped by, Apostle Jack. KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on November 14, 2012: Wow, I just learned a lot about blue jays! Its distinctive crest is used as a communication tool to convey the bird’s mood. Blue Jays may snap their bills in intense aggressive displays. Voted up! I occasionally add peanuts as a treat for them. Judging by your very enjoyable comments, you are a person after my own heart. Blue jays are villains – winged brigands with a penchant for raiding the nests of other birds to devour eggs and nestlings. I've always thought that they were such pretty birds, but who knew that they were such good impersonators, or used ants to clean themselves! Ornithologists suggest they do this for one of two reasons, or perhaps both. On the other hand, Blue Jays do indeed cause problems for eggs and nestlings of other birds. Others suggest an altruistic motive: Jays imitate hawks to warn other birds that a hawk has been spotted and it’s time to take cover. Blue Jays visit the bird feeders frequently in the wintertime. Very clever birds! Blue jay eggs may be predated by squirrel, cats, crows, snakes, raccoons, possums, hawks, and various raptors and mammals. Thanks so much for sharing. That's a wonderful study. I love my blue jays, and they are indeed beautiful birds. Blue jays live in deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests throughout the eastern and central areas of the United States, and southern Canada. But most rogues have redeeming characteristics, and jays are no exception. 17. Not much work has been done on the vocalizations of Blue Jays and most of the research that has been done is unpublished work by graduate students. But now that it is cold and snowy, they are at the feeders daily. The clutch may be two to seven eggs, which are blueish or light brown with brown spots. Acorns disappear typically in late summer. I enjoy watching them grab a bite to eat at the feeders before winging their way easily and gracefully through our woods. Presumably they are using the insects to catch and remove lice and other irritating parasites. For at least 15 years now, every Spring there is a very special blue jay that comes to my feeder. Just this morning as I was adding bird seed and a mixture of fruit and nuts to one of the feeders, a blue jay landed within inches of me! They will also occasionally use these calls to scare other birds away from food sources that the blue jays have come … do not have true crops. I'm not at all sure where he picked it up, but it is interesting that he has adapted it as his own personal voice. We seem to share a great love of nature. Sometimes I can distinguish the males from the females, but not always. I have no clue but they are so entertaining. Look for this birds narrow necklace of black feathers across thethroat and around the head. I heard back sounds I had made to them last week or more. My coworker Nancy has a compost pile in her backyard where she has seen Blue Jays repeatedly … Blue jays have been tarred with a dirty brush for many years, accused of robbing other nests, of murdering and eating baby birds, of hogging the feeder and of stealing shiny things from your yard. Their calls include loud, strident “do-it” or “jaaaay” sounds as well as warbling chirps. Thank you so much. Male and female blue jays are nearly identical. Great work and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.Have a great day. Thank you for sharing this charming article with us, and I hope you have a fabulous week. They like a well-decorated home as much as we humans do! Its cries are used to warn other birdsand animals of danger, but are also often used for no apparent reason. They love shiny objects and will often incorporate bits of foil wrappers into their loose twig nests. Alternatively, you can put some seed on the ground in order to attract them. Pearl. Much of blue jay migratory behavior remains a mystery - some blue jays may migrate one year, then stay in their home range the next, then migrate another year. What we do know about their vocalizations, however, is very interesting. This bird is known to be beautiful, intelligent, and highly aggressive. Blue jays will often force smaller birds away from bird feeders, but will typically stay away from the feeders and wait their turn when other medium sized birds, like woodpeckers, are feeding. Additionally they like to eat corn, grains, berries, seeds, insects, and peanuts. While talking with my coworker about Blue Jays, I became curious about these fascinating birds. Up and interesting votes. Orioles and Cardinals in MLB may fear Blue Jay bats but real orioles and real cardinals have more pressing concerns. This gives them the freedom to dine at their leisure with little to no competition. I also learned a lot. @Larry Fish, yes, in WNC we have plenty of Bluejays. If crushed, the blue feathers will turn brown. Then one male would fly upwards engaging the female to do the same. Like other members of the corvid family, jays are pretty good mimics; they commonly … That's a first--they usually wait until I move on to the next feeder. I bring bird food (and bread sometimes), and whole peanuts. The blue jays often live in small flocks and aggressively protect their nesting site. © 2015 American Expedition, a brand by Ideaman, Inc. ∙ 7 Cedar Ct. Union, MO 63084 ∙ Toll Free US: 1-800-205-4332 ∙ International: 1-636-583-1145. There are four subspecies of blue jays; the coastal blue jays, the northern blue jays, the interior blue jays, and the Florida blue jay which is the smallest subspecies. I hope the recent storms have moved away from your area, and that you enjoy a wonderful upcoming weekend ;) Pearl. Blue Jays really are clever birds aren't they. Blue jays sport colorful blue plumage on their crest, wings, back, and tail. I can only imagine how long it took that female to finally decide which male blue jay was to be her mate. Researchers believe they do this to warn other jays in their family and flock that danger is near. They also have their own form of insect control. Blue Jays have a bad rap, and they are considered 'bully' birds. I can always tell when that one is coming close. Make sure to clean bird feeders often to avoid spreading disease or having the food become unappealing due to mold and clumping. The blue jay's coloration is due to the inner structure of its feathers, which refracts light. In the wild, they often mimic Red-shouldered and Red-tailed hawks, and sometimes other species. On several occasions I have attempted to take its picture, but it grabs a piece of food and flies away before I can capture its beauty! Thank you for commenting and sharing; they are very much appreciated. This noisy bird also utters a wide variety of squeaks, rattles, and croaks. I didn't know the birds could mimic other ones so well! By sounding like a hawk, blue jays easily scatter other birds at the feeder. Blue jays normally fly at speeds of 20-25 miles per hour. Blue Jays are infamous for their noticeable presence at bird feeders, so I looked into how to draw Blue Jays away from your feeders. Blue Jays can imitate the sounds in their environments, and one thing they mimic is hawk calls. The first time it happened, I was actually trying to throw it to a squirrel, so it caught me off guard! The sounds they were making with each other were beyond my scope so I had just made a couple sound patterns that I could muster. I suspected they could, as I'm pretty sure I heard back from 1 of the 3 in my new area,. There will be as few as three or as many as seven olive-green eggs covered with brown spots. Maybe more over in the mountains there are some. Last year's batch of blue jays yielded a bird that I call my 'whistling jay'. Blue jays are highly beneficial to other flora and fauna in their ecosystem: their characteristic 'jay' call warns other birds of predators, and their fondness of acorns is credited with spreading oak forests across North America. I figure it's all part of the natural order of things. Adult Blue Jays are preyed on by owls, cats, and hawks, but baby Blue Jays are preyed on by snakes, raccoons, opossums, crows, and squirrels. Blue jays typically fly at speeds of 20-25 miles per hour. Even though they are a bit aggressive at the feeders, I love their beautiful colors and their mimicry. However, Blue Jays don't shy away from using this ability to their advantage. One day I finally saw a blue jay making the call when I zeroed in on the sound. Sometimes here in the northeast, if the Winter is relatively mild, our blue jays will stay and frequent the feeders. Their distinctive blue crest will give a hint as to what they are feeling. If the jay is frightened, the crest bristled out in all directions. Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 07, 2013: I too, love to watch the beautiful blue jays. Their wings and tail have black, sky-blue, and white bars. Blue jays will mimic the calls of predatory raptors in order to test whether or not their predators are nearby. Blue jays are occasionally known to attack other birds that are smaller in size. I derive so much enjoyment from watching birds, squirrels, chipmunks and the like. You can attract Blue Jays with eggshells. There's a pond, and I like to sit at one of the benches, and feed the animals. Blue Jays have an impressive vocal repertoire that includes not only many sounds beyond their raucous jay! This is for a simple reason, since acorns are not present all year-round, blue jays have to store them for later feeding. Its also called the Indian roller and though beautiful, it is different from the blue jay you have pictured. Blue jays can be raucous, and their “jay jay jay” screech can be heard for quite a distance. I am so glad to meet you, and to learn about your wildlife encounters. They mimic hawks to scare away other birds. The birds are a joy. Blue jays are naturally raucous birds and as humans, we tend to humanize animals, seeing human characteristics in them and applying adjectives … I'm so glad you enjoyed this article. I'm so glad you stopped by and left such a great comment. I watched as two males vied for the attention of a beautiful soft gray-blue female. Blue Jays prefer nesting in … So nice to see you Eddy as always! Thank you for the inspiration. Many a birder has been fooled into thinking a hawk was around, and discovers a blue jay instead. Blue Jays are often considered to be among the most intelligent birds. I loved reading about your blue jay experience. I'm sure you're right about spring. Connie Smith (author) from Southern Tier New York State on November 14, 2012: Hi thumbi7! Visit the Blue Jay section of our wildlife store! I often make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for them with the 2 end crusts of bread. I'm gad I did! Make sure there is a source of water nearby for the birds to drink and bathe in. These blue jays are very blue & it looks like all over and very defined peak on their elegant heads. When both colorful cardinals and blue jays appear on a grey, snow-covered day, it is a sight that helps the winter months seem not quite so long. He would pick one up and then put it down and then move to the next. I hoped to catch a glimpse of a juvenile hawk, or at least the nesting site. Will share this nice hub with my followers. What a sweet and caring thing you did for the blue jays bridalletter! They will also occasionally use these calls to scare other birds away from food sources that the blue jays have come across. Blue jays typically live in small flocks, and are highly protective of their nesting site. Your supportive comments, votes and shares are certainly very much appreciated. Blue jays are especially fond of acorns, peanuts, corn, and black oil sunflower seeds. You must be a true bird lover, and a kindred spirit ;). I learned something from you--I had no idea that blue jays would catch food in midair! jay! Walking deeper into the woods as quietly as I could, I stopped often to home in on the insistent sounds. Aravind Balasubramanya from Puttaparthi, India on September 02, 2011: Your comment led me to this beautiful bird! Besides their raucous jay! The ducks, birds and squirrels would all compete for my attention. I found this place when I was looking for info about blue jays ie: can they mimic? Connie Smith (author) from Southern Tier New York State on March 08, 2013: prasetio30, I am so glad you stopped by to enjoy reading about these beautiful and clever birds. or to scare away predators or people that approach their nests. Blue Jays, like other birds, use their strong bills for cracking seeds, nuts, and acorns for food. However, much to my surprise it was not a red-shouldered hawk that flew out of the tree, but a blue jay uttering the same shrill but nasal ‘keyeer, keeyeer’! I probably should have expected it, though, because they are very intelligent and charmingly opportunistic birds. Placing a feeder near shrubbery where birds can seek cover, or a tree where they can sit while they eat, will make the birds feel safer and more comfortable using your feeder. Some suggest that there is no ulterior motive other than to merely imitate sounds they heard, including the hawk calls. However, blue jays have also been known to attack or kill other smaller birds and sleeping, foliage-roosting bat species such as Lasiurus borealis. JR Krishna from India on November 14, 2012: Interesting,beautiful,awesome and up for this one again. Their colors are so vibrant, and their sounds can sometimes be crazy depending upon what they are mimicking! It was an interesting experience. How do Blue Jays survive winter? I have to find him again and study him. You will need a ground bird feeder or a large bird feeder to support blue jays. I'd say it was more of a soft grayish blue. Red Dead Redemption 2 Small bird farming spot Cardinals, woodpeckers, sparrows, songbirds, bluejays. Blue Jays frequently mimic hawks, especially Red-shouldered Hawks. They will also occasionally use these calls to scare other birds away from food sources that the blue jays have come across. Did you know that blue jays often comb their feathers with ants? Blue jays, like all members of the corvid family (crows and ravens, etc.) Blue jays prefer to nest in evergreen trees and shrubs 10 to 35 feet off the ground. Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on March 06, 2013: I have a pair that always stay around and feed. Your visit is very much appreciated. Hmm. I have seen you on Bill's site (billybuc), as well as Joe's, so I decided to see some of your bird posts. The oldest known blue jay lived to be 17 and a half years old. Blue Jays can imitate calls of their predators, especially hawks, and may use these calls to test whether or not these predators are in the area. Thanks for writing and share with us. When 530 Blue Jay stomach contents were analyzed in a 1922 study, traces of bird eggs or nestlings were found in only 6 stomachs — barely 1 percent, even though the researchers specifically looked for egg and chick matter. Did you know that blue jays often comb their feathers with ants? torrilynn, so glad you stopped by! In the garden, we are more likely to hear their "krar krar" alarm call. Hope the Indian Blue Jays are also great mimics. Blue Jays are disliked by many people for their aggressive ways, but they are far less aggressive than many other species. Both the male and female gather the materials and build the nest. The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a crow-sized omnivorous bird, with one of the most varied diets of all avians. Blue Jays are amazing birds for sure. The second is that jays are trying to fool other species into thinking there are hawks nearby. I'm pleased you enjoyed this and learned some new things about these beautiful birds. Blue jays are very cautious birds and will not approach feeders if humans are near. Some people have theorized that blue jays may migrate if their winter food sources become scarce, or if weather conditions are harsh. Thank you for sharing. The other morning I followed the sound of what I thought to be a baby hawk, possibly in distress. Blue jay nests incorporate bits of thread, and all kinds of found objects. Blue jays are especially fond of oak trees and the acorns that they drop. Blue jays are large for songbirds, typically measuring between 9 and 12 inches long, and weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 ounces. I was reminded of how talented this bird is just the other day. Blue Jays can make a variety of sounds and it is common to hear them mimicking hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. I loved your article and the photos were supurb. Maybe they aren't blue jays? Thanks again for all the neat info. Setting seeds on a ledge may do the trick. Connie Smith (author) from Southern Tier New York State on March 07, 2013: So glad to see you sg! Connie Smith (author) from Southern Tier New York State on January 21, 2013: Hi TheSavvySongbird! The jay is also known to imitate hawk calls. Their crown and crest are gray-blue. The upper parts are bluish gray and brightest on the rump. Additionally, what is the best type of bird feeder for Blue Jays? Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 19, 2013: I love Blue Jays! The pair gently floated downwards in a spiral of unfurled wings, landing on the ground and then retreating to separate branches. I always got a kick out of the Blue Jays, because they would swoop down and catch a peanut in mid-air if I threw it. I must admit that I look forward to hearing it again every year. Your supportive and awesome comments make my day. On the other hand, if they are in an aggressive mood, the crest will be pointed forward. calls but also other familiar oddball noises that resemble gurgles, rattles, and squeaky gates. This gives them the freedom to dine at their leisure with little to no competition. The Blue Jay is known as a loud and aggressive bird. The length of the eggs measures about 2.5 – 3.3 cm (1 – 1.3 inches). When it lands at the feeder, all the other birds naturally scatter. The jays we see in Britain are Eurasian jays. Blue Jay Habitat and Distribution . Thanks for the great info & picks. They love to decorate! By sounding like a hawk, blue jays easily scatter other birds at the feeder. This makes them both very interesting and hard to capture and study (Kroodsma, 2005). Blue jays are highly curious birds, and young blue jays have been known to play with bottle caps and aluminum foil. It is a very unique sound. Burying stores of food to be unearthed later when food sources are scarce is another tactic employed by these large 11” to 12” birds. He downed several peanut halves and then took off. Guess this one was extra hungry! Hi Peggy! I'm so glad you enjoyed this article. This jay has always imitated the sound of an old rotary phone being dialed. Thank you for your votes and your great comments; they are very much appreciated my friend! He was weighing them to find the largest ones! It is wonderful to connect to the beautiful spirit that you are, my dear friend. We also have the cardinals, doves and many other birds. Jays are corvids – members of the crow family. I really enjoy reading this hub. Blue jays have very strong black bills, which can crack nuts and acorns. Blue jays typically live in small flocks, and are highly protective of their nesting site. One particular area was my favorite. In addition to raptors, blue jays may attack other animals, including humans, which come too close to their nests. What interesting birds. They also can be found in parks and suburban residential areas, and are frequent guests of backyard bird feeders. There are over 440 defferent species of birds in NC. They are also fond of other birds’ eggs, so it is a good idea to provide protection in the way of bird houses and nesting boxes. I was working in the yard, sawing branches off a weedy mulberry tree I’d let get way out of control. Nice that you help feed them in the northern winters. He also catches wood boring bees, which are large bumble-bee like, annoying bees. Why he does that is a mystery. It was obvious that 2 of the jays were much more subdued in their coloring, especially on the sides. Their antics uplift my soul. 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