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Blue Jays in Winter

March 3rd, 2014 by

blue jay with wings that look like stained glass
I have seen more blue jays this winter than I can remember. Their wings look almost like stained glass with those pieces of blue.

blue jay on deck
This handsome blue jay was all the way back on my neighbor’s deck. He looks like he is working to catch a bit of sun in this wintry winter.

blue jay behind
Yes, you do have a beautiful blue behind, Mr. Blue Jay.

What do blue jays eat in winter? According to Diane on this bird watching site, blue jays like the black oil sunflower seeds I’ve been sticking in my feeder. They don’t like safflower seeds. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “Blue Jays are known to take and eat eggs and nestlings of other birds, but we don’t know how common this is. In an extensive study of Blue Jay feeding habits, only 1% of jays had evidence of eggs or birds in their stomachs. Most of their diet was composed of insects and nuts.”

red finch
I also saw some red finches one day, but I don’t see those nearly as often as the blue jays, sparrows or cardinals. I saw a whole flock of robins on another street this morning. They seem to travel in packs.

Do you see blue jays in winter? Red finches? Robins?

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14 Responses to Blue Jays in Winter

  1. Carver says:

    Love the shots of the jays and finch. I do see all three of the birds you mentioned in my yard.

  2. Eileen says:

    Good Morning Leora, cute shots of your Blue Jay and the pretty House Finch.. I see most of the same birds here. Have a happy day!

  3. Beautiful photos Leora!

  4. Susan Cooper says:

    You captured them so well Leora. We have a blue jay of sorts in the west called Scrub Jays that are huge, noisy and really blue. BTW: I got my new camera at Canon 70D. It’s awesome

  5. Michelle says:

    Oh great shots of the male house finch and the blue jays. I love the jays. If I don’t get the peanuts out soon enough I hear them. They are smart cousins of the raven and very brash. They are probably taking away some of your seeds in their throat pouch to save or cache for bad weather of which we have plenty…Michelle

  6. Lorri M. says:

    I love the photos, and how the blue jays’ tones are so contrasting. I love the “punkish” look to their plumes…

    Beautiful captures…the finch is adorable.

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