J is for Jay … Blue Jay that is!
The blue jay is a passerine blue in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of the eastern and central United States, although western populations may be migratory.
A song bird familiar to many people, with its perky blue, white and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.
Blue Jays make a large variety of calls that carry long distances Most calls produced while the jay s perched within a tree. Usually flies across open areas silently, especially during migration. Stuffs food items in throat pouch to cache elsewhere; when eating, holds seed or nut in feet and pecks it open.
Blue jays are birds of forest edges. They are often found near oaks in forests, woodlots, towns, cities, and parks
A bold and curious bird, the Florida Scrub-Jay can become hand-tame in areas where it comes in contact with people. Unfortunately, it is restricted to the rare oak scrub community of Florida, a habitat under constant threat of development and us classified as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The Western Scrub Jay combines deep azure blue with dusty gray-brown and white. The rounded, crestless head immediately sets it apart from Blue Jays and Steller Jays. These birds are a fixture of dry shrublands, oak woodlands, and pinyon pine-juniper forests, as well as conspicuous visitors to backyards.