Blue Jay in the woods
The pigment in blue jay feathers are brown, we see the color blue because of the scattering light through the cells on the surface of their feather barbs.
Miss Hairy is watching Mr. Blue and Mr. Starling having a stare down as to who gets to stay and who has to fly off.
Mr. Jay says to Mr Starling; “ I was here first, you need to fly off.” Mr. Jay looks at me and says; “Tell Mr. Starling that he is in my woods.” Mr. Starling did fly off , and haven’t been seen since that day he met Mr. Jay.
Hairy Woodpecker, female. Blue Jay, & European Starling, winter.
Blue Jay eating a seed
This blue jay is holding on to a black oil sunflower seed with its feet. Using its bill as a hammer to crack the shell open to get to the meat, it is a cream color.
Some of the foods that Blue Jays like; dry roasted unsalted peanuts, sunflower seeds, acorns, berries and suet. In the fall and winter months the jays will find places to hide their food to eat at another time. If they think another bird was watching them hiding their food they will find another place to put it.
Blue jays will fill up their bills with as much food as they can get in it before flying off.
Young Blue Jay & Parent
Usually the young blue jays will leave their nest when they are about 17 to 21 days old. The parents will keep feeding their young ones for about a month or two.
Blue jays will communicate with each other using their voice and their body language. When their crest is down low everything is OK. But if they are not happy they will raise their crest up high.
The parent is flying off to find young one more food.
The photos here was taken in August.
Red-bellied Woodpecker & Blue Jay
Mr. Red-bellied, was about to take off with his peanut when Mr. Blue showed up, with his wings and tail out , trying to look as big as he could, wanting to scare Mr. Red-bellied into dropping his peanut. It didn’t work,
Mr. Red-bellied clamp down on his peanut, and moved out of the way of Mr. Blue. Mr. Red-bellied then put his wings and tail out and took off flying as fast as he could.; he won this time
This is a story about two blue jays.
Mr. Blue flies in to have a talk with Mr. Jay. Mr. Jay had found a peanut and Mr. Blue wanted it. Mr. Jay when up higher and said to Mr. Blue, this is my peanut, find your own nut. The two jays flew high up in the sky and started to fight. Mr. Blue decided the peanut wasn’t worth fighting over, he knew where to find more peanuts; he turned around and flew off.
The Blue Jays likes dry-roasted unsalted peanuts.
Blue Jays -communicate
Blue Jays will communicate with others Jays by the sounds they make, their body language, and the crest on top of their head; when they raise their crest up high that means that they are upset. When their crest is low, that is a sign that everything is OK. When the Blue Jays make loud noises, their crest is up high.
In one of the pictures, the Blue Jay on the right side was first on the log, but then another Jay shows up and the Jay leans away from the other Jay. That is a sign that the Jay on the left is up higher up on the social ladder. The Jay on the left side also let the Jay on the right side get a grape first.
Find a way out
Do you ever feel like you are at the end of a limb and nowhere else to go? Look deep inside of your heart and you may find a way out. When birds are at the end of a limb, they just spread their wings and fly off to a better place. Wouldn't it be nice if we could fly like the birds?
Blue Jays -talking
The Blue Jay with the wide tail out, said to the other Jay," I was here first," and Blue said, pointing with his wing,"this way out, hit the sky Jay."
Blue Jay & nuts