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Friday, September 28, 2018

Photo Share: Blue Jays make me happy

I like Blue Jays and I think they like me too (even if it's only because I feed them). In the fall jays get the urge to gather as much food as they can find and squirrel it away before winter hits. Their favorite food to cache or hide to retrieve and eat at a later time in the wild is acorns, beechnuts and other assorted tree nuts. At the feeders jays like to take sunflower seeds, whole corn and peanuts in the shell to cache.
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Sometimes perceived as a bully bird, other birds may actually like them because they can cue in to a jay's alert when you fill a feeder or their alarm calls when there is a predator nearby. Blue Jays can make a large variety of sounds. There is also a high-pitched jayer-jayer call that increases in speed that the jays use to call a band together to mob potential predators such as hawks and drive them away from the area.

Blue jays also form long-lasting, monogamous pair bonds. These bonds usually last until one of the pair dies. Their name “Jay” has its origins from the Latin “gaius” meaning “gay or merry” and they do make me happy. I’m taking some peanuts home tonight for my feeder!
 
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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