Blue Jays are one of my favorite birds. Of course, being a birder, they are all on my favorite list, but childhood memories make them special.
Here are some fun facts:
- Are easy to identify with no variations between male and female;
- Have a loud harsh voice and can mimic sounds especially hawk calls;
- Raise their head crest as a sign of aggression;
- Eat insects, acorns and other nuts, and seeds;
- Sometimes eat bird eggs and carrion;
- Cache food for leaner months – usually in the ground;
- Will come to platform feeders for sunflower seeds;
- Are intelligent and adaptable;
- Are from the same family as crows;
- Jointly build a nest in a tree fork with twigs, roots, leaves, mud, etc.;
- Have 1-2 broods with 2 to 7 bluish eggs with brown spots;
- Incubate around 17 days;
- Both feed young in nest for about 20 days;
- Both continue to feed young 1-2 months after fledging;
- May migrate in large flocks while others stay in the same location.
More information can be found as: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Jay/overview
Enjoy spotting these cool birds!