This large, beautiful Blue Jay was in an old Oak tree that is in the
back yard. It is probably searching for some acorns that may be
found lying on the ground. It will look in vain because we had
very few acorns here in the Fall. I read a report that there were
in fact very few acorns in all of Ohio this season.
What there were would have been taken long ago by the
squirrels to be horded for the Winter. It will have to make do
with the sunflower seeds from the bird feeder. The Jay's swoop
in and the smaller birds take flight.
Sometimes I throw out stale bread which I tear up in pieces
for what ever may be hungry from the possums, raccoons or
the birds. The Blue Jay's and the Crow's try to out do each other
in who can get to the pieces first. The Blue Jay will stuff pieces
in its cheeks and take another piece in its beak for good measure
before it takes off.
Blue Jays are called "raiders" and have a very aggressive nature.
The bird has a variety of raucous calls and songs which often serve
as alarms for other birds when a hawk or cat or some other predator
is in the area. They have a variety of calls and can even mimic other
The Blue Jay measures 9-12 inches.
There is a pronounced crest on the head, a crown of feathers, which
may be raised or lowered may be fully raised. When frightened, the
Its plumage is bright blue to mid-blue in the crest, back,wings, and
tail, and its face is white. The underside is off-white or
grayish and the neck is collared with black which extends to
the sides of the head. The wing and tail are strongly barred with
black, sky-blue and white. The bill,legs, and eyes are all black.
Males and females are nearly identical; males are slightly larger.
Some Cool Facts:
Blue Jays can make a large variety of sounds.
They may learn to mimic human speech.
Their alarm call, which is a loud, almost gull-like scream.
There is also a high-pitched jayer-jayer call that increases
in speed as the bird becomes more agitated. Blue
Jays will use these calls to band together to mob
potential predator such as hawks and drive them away
from the jays' nests.
Blue jays are very aggressive and noisy birds,driving
other birds away from food sources and their territories.
In the winter, Blue jays hide far more food than they
Blue jays will actively defend their nests against predators.
Both parents will attack and chase hawks, raccoons, cats,
snakes, squirrels, and even humans away from their nests.
Blue Jays have strong black bills used for cracking nuts,
and acorns and for eating corn, grains and seeds, although
they also eat insects such as beetles, grasshoppers, and
Many people dislike the Blue Jay because it is known
to eat the eggs and nestling's of other birds.
Most of the diet was composed of insects and nuts.
There are no direct negative effects of Blue Jays on humans,
although they may act as a reservoir for West Nile virus.