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I by no means tire of blue jays. I hear their raucous “Jay! Jay! Jay!” throughout spring and summer season months when one thing disturbs them in regards to the yard or far off within the woods. I feed birds from fall by means of mid-spring and at all times delight at close-up blue jay presence.

Some chook fans discover their conduct obnoxious and presumably some birds do too, as jays come into feeders with nice commotion of wings and generally voice, and all different birds scatter. Generally birds share the feeders with the blue would-be bullies, and all eat in peace.

And blue jays are huge eaters. They work over seeds, peanuts and generally suet desserts with nice pounding enthusiasm. You’ll suppose they might fill shortly and never return as typically, however we comply with and discover that blue jays cache their meals, too. What shouldn’t be eaten instantly is saved of their crop till reaching an space the place seeds are tucked away in what they suppose are secret spots. In fact, a few of these tree nooks and cavity caches are found and eaten by different birds equivalent to chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers and brown creepers.

Blue jays are keen on acorns. Many oaks are probably planted and grown from acorns flown off, scattered and forgotten as jays inadvertently plant them to fertile soils.

Their rambunctiousness apart, blue jays are fairly engaging of their fundamental pale blue plumage masking their again, head and tail. A better look reveals a darker blue and with black stripes and white spots on their wings and high of tail. A putting black necklace separates a grey chest and white throat and circles up the facet of their face and beneath a blue crest. A good nearer look with a entrance view exhibits the chest to be extra of a grey vest, if you’ll, with simply an off-white stomach within the center. Chilly climate days when the birds are fluffed are one of the best to view this feathered attire from all sides.

We see blue jays year-round however the blue jays at our feeders now might not be the identical ones we see in summer season. Blue jays migrate. However not all blue jays on a regular basis. There appears to be a thriller in blue jay migration. We all know they do, as hundreds have been witnessed on the transfer alongside the Atlantic and a few Nice Lakes coasts. I’ve seen flocks of dozens of jays passing over our farm some autumns. A sky blue of jays generally noisy, generally silent, is sort of a sight.

Blue jays are thought emigrate some years greater than others, probably a operate of meals availability. Some really feel the rise of yard chook feeders might lower the necessity to transfer south in winter. Additionally, as acorn manufacturing varies 12 months to 12 months, so too does blue jay motion.

Youthful jays are extra susceptible to fly the coop than adults. Jays migrate by day, whereas many different species fly by night time. Some birds make transcontinental flights of hundreds of miles to tropical climates; a blue jay might journey no additional than a couple of hundred miles. They’re very at house in our backyards and after they discover one with meals, they could simply cease for the winter … or transfer on. Spring migration could also be an informal transfer north from April to June, whereas different species like phoebes, wrens, orioles and hummingbirds are like clockwork and return to our yards inside a couple of calendar days yearly.

Again to the blue. Science has taught us a lot about blue feathers. They don’t seem to be actually blue. Que?! They give the impression of being blue to us, however actually don’t have any blue pigments. Different chook feathers which are yellow, gold, pink, orange, have these pigments and people are the colours at any angle.

A blue feather seems blue because of the protein molecules within the construction of the feather. Mild passes right into a feather and displays blue to our eyes. It’s a prism impact. Mild enters, all colours are absorbed, and blue mild bounces again to our eyes. We see blue.

You may check this in a quite simple experiment if you discover a bluebird, indigo bunting, or blue jay feather on the bottom. Maintain it in the direction of the bottom and it’s blue. Slowly transfer it to the sky the place the daylight is shining by means of the feather reasonably than hitting the feather and bouncing again to your eyes and the feather turns grey.

Equally, you may take a blue feather and grind it up or pound with a hammer on a tough floor and it goes from blue to grey. You might be breaking down these molecules, that feather construction, and the sunshine not bounces again to you blue. Pound on a yellow or pink feather and it stays yellow or pink. That’s pigment that doesn’t change.

There’s a lot science about all nature that fascinates. We study new issues on a regular basis and a lot continues to be unknown. Proper now, I’ve a blue jay clinging to the suet feeder not 15 ft from my proper shoulder. Science apart, proper now, I simply love the blue.

Fred Wooley is a naturalist, author and land preservation/restoration fanatic. He lives on a part of an outdated farm overlooking an intensive fen in northern Steuben County. He might be reached at fwooley@frontier.com.

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