Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bird Dog Reporting....


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!

24 comments:

RILEY AND STAR said...

Hi Rem,

So, your a bird watcher now? I like birds! Would you be interested in doing a little bird watching together? We could watch some bees too! What ya think, Rem?

Luv,
Star. Riley says YO!

Madi and Mom said...

Mornin' Rem, your birding hat is my favorite!!!
Thanks for all the blue jay info we had no idea about the oldest living b-jay or about their fake hawk call. What smart birds!!!
Happy Sunday,
Madi and Mom

Gloria said...

Remmington, thank for all that great info! Next t dogs, birds are my fave! And to think I have probably been getting fooled by Blue Jays all these years, geesh.

Ms. ~K said...

Hey Big Dude,
Thanks for all the info!We are avid bird watchers too!
We try to keep all those nastry squirrels away from the birdfeeders.
Love the hat!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! GREAT JOB! Thanks for the great info. I LOVE birds too. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

1000 Goldens said...

Every time my Mom sees your face she wants to smooch you on the nose. Your Blue Jays are sure pretty. Love, Farley

Sam said...

I would love to see a blue jay. We have many bird species in Arizona, but most of them are grey/brown - not very exciting!

Sam

Jacqueline said...

Remington, you are an excellent Bird Dog Reporter; thanks for the Blue Jay lesson!...Beautiful photos, we love the Three Stooges in your backyard!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

JackDaddy said...

Those are some beautiful pictures. Please give Beth an extra hug for taking such good pictures!

Here was the info from the Useless Knowledge at the bottom of your page this time:
The flying snake of Java and Malaysia is able to flatten itself out like a ribbon and sail like a glider from tree to tree.

Now wouldn't THAT be something to see come flying at you! :)

Leo and mom said...

Afternoon Remy,
We have a lot of Blue Jays at our house too. I didn't know all that stuff about them, so thanks for sharing.
I have to tell you about my latest adventure. Mom found me a stuffed possum chewie toy. I love it, but last night I found Mom another real possum. I brought it up on the deck for her, and she made me put it down and come in the house.(sometimes she's a real party pooper!)She got out that danged toothbrush again and brushed my teeth. My breath wasn't THAT bad. I checked! She told me that possums have very sharp teeth and that they can hurt you if you make them mad. I just know that when I find one, it lays down, lets me pick it up and bring it home. Maybe they like our house better....? Any way, I'm back to my stuffed possum chewie as of this morning :-(
Have a good one.
Love you BroLeo.

Twinkietinydog said...

Bird dog, did you know you can slowly train the bluejays to come to you? Just buy yourself a bag of peanuts and get started. Beware of bird poo
Twinkie

Dory and the Mama said...

What great Blue Jay info!! I have lots of them in my backyard and you are right...they are very loud singers!

Smileys!
Dory

Chester said...

Blue Jays - Schmu Jays! I WANT THAT HAT!
You need one 'cuz them birds can make a big ol' mess on your head Remington!


Woofs and blue slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We love watching the Blue Jays in our yard and neighbourhood!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Remington,
I love your pics of the blue jays!! We have a LOT of jays here too. We have a lot of oak trees too!!! I would never dream that a blue jay could live over 17 years.
Yes, I was out with the plants today and yesterday. We have growing parsley, thyme, oregano, chives, rosemary, strawberry, jalapeno peppers outside. And a bunch of seeds in little pots inside under a plant light.
Hugs, Bambi & Fern

Ina in Alaska said...

We have no Blue Jays in Alaska. The closest relative to the Jay family that is in Alaska is the Steller's Jay, the only crested Jay west of the Rocky Mountains. They have a black head and upper body but the rest is a gorgeous blue. xoxo

My Sons Mum said...

Hi remington. Great hat!
Hi there guys! I'm Major, Im a Great Dane from Australia.
I'm so glad you've found you voice, please come join me and keep blogging, ill check in on you regularly

The Two Country Poodles said...

Thanks for the facts bout blue jay. Now that we have our feeders back up we need to brush up on our birdie facts.


Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Anya said...

You are looking really cool with your hat :-)
LOL
Lovely birds today !!

Hugs Kareltje =^.^=

Mr Koda MD said...

I hope those Blue Jays aren't going to gang up on you, those stooges!

Great hat!

Wheres your safari vest and pocket pants?

Koda MD

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow, you are very knowledgeable about blue jays! Those are some very interesting facts!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Hi Bird Dog Remington,
We really enjoyed your report on Blue Jays and learned a lot of new information. We don't have any Jays where we live now and we miss them.

Teddy Bear said...

Thank you for the fun facts. You look great in your hat.

Love,
Teddy Bear

Sagira said...

You the cutest bird dog ever Remington