Blue Jays…

We had a huge surprise in the bird feeder this morning…

 

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We have never seen Blue Jays around our place.

Cool Facts

  • Thousands of Blue Jays migrate in flocks along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coasts, but much about their migration remains a mystery. Some are present throughout winter in all parts of their range. Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some individual jays migrate south one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. No one has worked out why they migrate when they do.
  • 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.
  • The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.
  • Tool use has never been reported for wild Blue Jays, but captive Blue Jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside their cages.
  • Blue Jays lower their crests when they are feeding peacefully with family and flock members or tending to nestlings.
  • At feeders in Florida, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Florida Scrub-Jays, Common Grackles, and gray squirrels strongly dominate Blue Jays, often preventing them from obtaining food.
  • The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.
  • The black bridle across the face, nape, and throat varies extensively and may help Blue Jays recognize one another.
  • The oldest known wild, banded Blue Jay lived to be at least 17 years 6 months old.
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What was even more cool was a Kestrel came out of no where and tried attacking one, luckily the Blue Jay escaped.

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The Hike Back Down…

 

The sun sinking down and throwing some great light on the surrounding mountains while we hike down on Logan Pass with our big brood…

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Our hike was cut a little short when we saw this big guy coming down the mountain…

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A Little Bit Fallish…

 

The temperatures have dropped and we have had a few killing freezes already in northwest Montana.  A few flowers are still doing well though….

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Most of the leaves here are still green but some of the shrubs are starting to change….

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  Go find the beauty in your day…

 

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