Hello everyone! Today’s bird is the blue jay, definitely one of the more well known of our birds and very colorful. Though they have a bad reputation sometimes for raiding other bird’s nests, this is something that is only rarely done. In fact they are very beneficial to have around as they actually will protect smaller birds from predators. Nearly all their diet consists of acorns, peanuts, grains and insects. They also eat many harmful insects like the forest tent caterpillar. They generally mate for life and can live up to 15 years. The male mainly brings nest material to the female and she does the nest building. Usually 4 or 5 eggs are laid and the female does all the brooding, even for a week or so after the eggs hatch. The male feeds her during this time. Though their feathers appear blue, it’s due to light refraction, not pigment in the feathers. They actually have many different calls and even a couple musical songs, normally sung to their mates. These birds are found across much of Canada, though more in the east, and all the eastern half of the U. S.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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