About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

#GBBC: Blue Jay

Get to know Blue Jays before the The Great Backyard Birdcount (#GBBC)
It was so beautiful this morning I couldn't wait to walk to the Wild Birds Unlimited store. I heard a lot of bird songs; Cedar Waxwings over the school, cardinals, chickadees and goldfinches in the trees, and is that a Red-tailed Hawk I hear? Can't fool me! It was a Blue Jay in the tree right next to the sidewalk. I told the jay, "I mean no harm jay, just enjoying the day."

The Blue Jay is a large common songbird at most mid-Michigan bird feeders. With their perky crest, blue, white, and black plumage and a large variety of noisy calls. Like other members of the corvid family, jays are pretty good mimics; they commonly impersonate Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks. But their most common call is a loud jay jay along with other clear whistled notes and gurgling sounds.

Sometimes I give a whistle as I fill the feeders to alert a scout bird that their is food available. He reports back to the family with his whistle and soon I have a family of jays visiting, along a whole community of other birds. I fill my many different feeders regularly with the best Wild Birds Unlimited Seed Blends along with nuts, sunflower seeds, and suet.

Related Articles:
- Why do Birds Scatter Seeds from Feeders? http://bit.ly/w4vRPP
- Blue Jays aren't blue http://bit.ly/roVPVX
- What Feeder Do You Recommend for Blue Jays? http://bit.ly/txd8ja
- Blue Jay Fun Facts http://goo.gl/wJgMmJ
- Do birds know winter is coming? http://goo.gl/EilIa6
- Why Blue Jays go bald in the fall http://goo.gl/gAX3x

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