In late spring my feeders see a lot of big baby jays testing out their springy legs and their ability stick their landing on feeders. Jays love nuts and I like to attract them to my yard with peanut bells and seed cylinders full of mixed nuts. They have to work hard to get the food off of these seed blocks and there is no way for them to scatter seed. And sometimes a handful of whole peanuts on my fly-thru feeder is another way to call down and treat Blue Jays.
Jays are sometimes called “bully” birds because other birds may scatter when they hop on a feeder. But jays also help birds when they announce that you have filled the feeders or if there is a threat nearby. I always give a whistle after I bring out bird food to help alert the jays and they usually will return a call almost immediately.
One day I was watching out the window and heard jays screeching and calling constantly. There were no birds at the feeders so I went out to investigate and WHOOSH!… a big Cooper’s Hawk that was sitting camouflaged in the bush flew up right by me. One bright-eyed jay spotted the predator and was not going to back down until the whole community knew there was a threat.
So next time that noisy flock of cocky, crested, and brightly colored Blue Jays descends on your feeders, take a moment to remember Mark Twain’s words, "There's more to a jay than any other creature."
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