Large, sturdy songbirds – Blue Jays

Blue Jays have come to the feeder in great numbers, five at once, this morning. I love it, of course as soon as I was back with the camera the quintet disappeared. Blue Jays are a crow relative in the Corvidae (family) and relatively large =  3 oz., 11 inches long, 16-inch wingspan.

Blue Jay planning on entering feeder for sunflower seeds.
Blue Jay planning on entering feeder for sunflower seeds.

These guys are delightfully noisy and aggressive. They will eat almost anything – insects, to fruit, to seeds and acorns. Lovely bright blue wings and tail, with white patches.

Closed-wing jump off of the stick.
Closed-wing jump off of the stick.

Their calls/voice can be shrill and very harsh, scream or a clear whistle and they can mimic hawks, expertly. This group was traveling with some chickadees and later a morning dove was in the feeder at the same time too.bluejaysFeb172013 001

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