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Updated on February 6, 2014

Blue jays are among the most aggressive and raucous birds that come to our feeder. They are said to mimic the cry of the red tailed hawk in order to scare other birds away as they approach the feeder. However, they are quite skittish of humans. Their sharp eyes spot any movement by me and my camera in the window adjacent to the feeder. The blue jays like the sunflower seeds in our feeder, but according to my bird book, "Michigan Bird Watching" by Bill Thompson III, they will eat practically anything including acorns, eggs and nestlings of other birds, grasshoppers, mice and frogs, and even dog food. If there are oak trees in the viscinity blue jays may bury as many as 5,000 acorns in the fall for future consumption. The many acorns that are never retrieved contribute to reforestation.

The blue jay's range includes most of eastern United States and Canada. They migrate southward from northern latitudes in early fall in flocks of 10 or more.

The female blue jay lays 4 to 6 eggs and incubates them for 18 days followed by 20 days of nestling care before the young jays fledge.

Source: "Michigan Bird Watching," by Bill Thompson III and the Staff of Bird Watcher's Digest, Cool Springs Press, Nashville, TN 37214.  


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Young blue jay

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Two young blue jays


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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Wow! That's the nicest compliment I've had in a while. Thanks.

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      kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

      Ralph, this hub means so much to me. You have captured these birds so beautifully as you always do once that lens is in your hands. But more so my recent deceased father's favourite bird. I was missing him today and this hub appeared.

      I thank you and have printed it for my desk

      voted way up +++++++


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      Terry 7 years ago

      There are a ton of Jays in my area here in Toronto. (Weston area)

      They are a noisy but interesting bunch. I was curious about the mimicking of hawks because I saw a pair of the jays making the same screech as a white tail hawk which has it's territory here. Crafty little things.

      They are creating a ruckus as I write this in the back yard.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. I don't have any suggestion other than rigging some sort of temporary sun and rain screen in the tree to provide some shade until the baby birds mature.

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      sunny 7 years ago

      We have a nest of bluejays in a Buford Pear tree in our backyard. We had tree trimmers trim the tree, not realizing there was a nest in it. They cut branches all around the limb with the nest, leaving the nest intact. However the birds are now exposed to heat (Texas 90 degrees in daytime) and thunderstorms which often flood our streets due to the heavy downpour. How can we help this family of bluejays?? The babies hatched about a week ago. Thanks for your help.

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I'm sorry I don't have any additional information handy. I suggest you do a Google search and consult wikipedia and bird books in your local library.

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      Zayna 8 years ago


      I was reading this artical to get information for an essay I'm going to write about Blue Jays. You had mentioned Blue Jays mimic the red tailed hawk. My question is, can they mimic any other birds call? Also, can you give me any other details regarding the pros and cons of the blue jay? If you could answer my questions soon, I would greatly appreciate it.

      Thank you much for your time,

      Zayna Broters

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      Ralph Deeds 9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I'm not sure. I assume they eat small insects and other things fed to them by their parents. Here's a link which may be of interest.

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      blah 9 years ago

      What do baby bluejays eat?