Today folks we are going to take a look at the BLUE JAY.
Here are some Blue Jay facts:
Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.
The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.
- Blue Jays carry food in their throat and upper esophagus—an area often called a “gular pouch.” They may store 2-3 acorns in the pouch, another one in their mouth, and one more in the tip of the bill. In this way they can carry off 5 acorns at a time to store for later feeding.
Blue Jays are found in all kinds of forests but especially near oak trees; they’re more abundant near forest edges than in deep forest. They’re common in urban and suburban areas, especially where oaks or bird feeders are found.
Blue Jays communicate with one another both vocally and with “body language,” using their crest.
The oldest known wild, banded Blue Jay lived to be at least 17 years 6 months old.
These pictures are from our back yard. We feed them peanuts with shells on them and some without. We have many in our back yard at one time. We like to listen to them -- they sing really loud!
I think these are the "Three Stooges" -- ha ha!
Later -- Remington -- the Bird Dog -- out!