Despite a 50-year decline, there appear to be more Blue Jays (video)

Nowadays, you should gaze up. The world’s 50 billion birds begin their migration. Storks, swallows, and other migratory birds that fly thousands of kilometers to Africa in the autumn return in the spring. How well do you know birds? But do you know blue jays? Explore this wonderful bird.

Blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) prefer hanging feeders to tray or hopper feeders on a post. Suet, peanuts, and sunflower seeds eat insects, nuts, and seeds from trees, shrubs, and the ground. This species also picks up dead or dying adult birds from the ground. Approximately 22% of stomach contents are bugs. Clearly, The rest was acorns, nuts, fruits, and grains. They peck open food with their foot. They also cache food to devour later.

In the crotch or dense outer branches of a deciduous or coniferous tree, 10–25 feet above the ground. The male collects more resources while the female builds more of the nest. The birds typically struggle to break off the twigs utilized in the outer part of the nest. The birds will fly long distances to get rootlets from freshly excavated canals, cemeteries, and fallen trees. Birds abandon their nests when they see predators close.

This well-known bird is intuitive, with intricate social networks and close family ties. They often mate for life, staying with their partner all year. The female just lays the eggs. During incubation, the male feeds her.

The mother broods the nestlings for 8–12 days while the male feeds his spouse and nestlings. Females will then share food gatherings. The rate at which children become self-sufficient appears to vary significantly. Blue jays communicate using their crests and sound. The higher the crest, the more aggressive they are. Its crest is almost always held up while it squawks.

Blue jays have a huge “vocabulary” of vocalizations. They can also imitate well. Also known to imitate red-tailed hawks and other birds. Since humans have altered the terrain, the Blue Jay has become one of Kentucky’s most common native bird nestings.

Some dislike blue jays for being aggressive, yet some birds are far more aggressive, such as woodpeckers, grackles, mourning doves, mockingbirds, and cardinals. These species deter blue jays from feeders. So, to compensate, blue jays would impersonate hawks while approaching a feeder, scaring away other, more aggressive birds. They usually return after they understand it’s not a hawk.

The North American Breeding Bird Survey estimates that blue jay populations fell by 28% between 1966 and 2015. A total of 13 million birds are estimated to be breeding globally, with 87% in the US and 13% in Canada. North America’s Birds Watch List does not include the bird. They are safe.

The clutch is usually four blue or light brown eggs with brown markings. The female broods the young for 8-12 days after hatching. They have up to two months with their parents. Feed the songbirds in the winter to see this backyard brute up close. Watch the video below.

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