I've been keeping my bird feeders filled because of all the snow we've had.
I've been rewarded by seeing so many birds.
It seems they come in flocks of their own kind!!
A few days ago I had a huge amount of cardinals. Then one day a flock of starlings flew in.
The last couple days I've had so many beautiful blue jays.
(Let me say upfront, that these photos are not mine but ones I found online.
Every time I went to the window with my camera, all the birds flew away and even when I stood there awhile, they kept away till my arms almost fell off holding the camera up.)
Blue jays are a medium sized bird; bold, aggressive and territorial. They are easily recognized with their perky crest, bright blue, white and black feathers and noisy calls.
They are known for their intelligence, complex social systems and tight family bond. They are monogamous, they mate for life or till one of the mates die.
They can be found in a wide area of places but like edges of woodlands with mixed deciduous and pine trees and especially oaks. Their favorite food is acorns, but eat all kinds of nuts, sunflower seeds and suet. They use their heavy black bill to crack nuts and open sunflower seeds.
They will feed at feeders but prefer ones on a pole as opposed to hanging ones.
Being a more dominant bird, they will chase smaller birds and even squirrels away to get the best pick of seeds and nuts!
They can produce a variety of sounds and can even mimic human sounds and hawk cries.
Blue jays are native to northern and central U.S. and southern Canada.
They breed between March and July. Their nests are made from twigs, fresh roots and moss. It is an open cup type of nest like a robin's. The male usually brings the twigs etc. to the selected tree while the female usually does the building.
After eggs are laid and when they are hatched, it's the female who is on the nest and the male delivers the food to both mother and babies. The blue jays will defend their nests and fledglings, chasing other birds and humans away.
A blue jay's eggs range in color from light blue to beige with brown spots.
Fledgling blue jays are among the cutest of baby birds.
Birds are fascinating if you take the time to watch them.
There is a lot of information on all kinds of your back yard song birds.
I got much of this information from here:
Come spring and early summer I will be kept busy containing my barn cats and two bird dogs so the fledglings are safe after leaving the nests.