Blue Jays in Winter

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 donโ€™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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