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I dont like capturing birds on the ground, but Blue Jays are hard to capture, for me anyway!

Cyanocitta cristata

• Large crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.
• Color Pattern
White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above.
• Behavior
Blue Jays make a large variety of calls that carry long distances. Most calls produced while the jay is perched within a tree. Usually flies across open areas silently, especially during migration. Stuffs food items in throat pouch to cache elsewhere; when eating, holds a seed or nut in feet and pecks it open.
• Habitat
Blue Jays are birds of forest edges. A favorite food is acorns, and they are often found near oaks, in forests, woodlots, towns, cities, parks

This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.

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nature, birds, prints, note cards, blue jays, mankato mn, cyanocitta cristata

Comments

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 4 years ago

    What an excellent shot of this Jay. They are sometimes pest to some folks but they are beautiful. He looks wonderful sitting in that green grass. Lovely sharp photo. Great job. Brenda

  • Thank you Brenda for your awesome comment! I dont get many shots like these in manual mode! I feel like sometimmes Im a half click off focus! This is one of my lucky ones! Thanks again for you kindness!

    – swaby

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCabout 4 years ago

    excellent capture!
    the blue against the green looks wonderful.

  • Thank you so much Wendy, so happy to hear that the green is just as good as a tree! Youre very kind and I appreciate your comment!

    – swaby

  • Tracey  Dryka
    Tracey Drykaabout 4 years ago

    Good shot!!! I think the bird was wondering what you were doing!!

  • You could be right Tracey! He was in my backyard under the feeded. I opened the door just big enough to get my camera lens through! Thanks so much for your fantastic comment!

    – swaby

  • Babcia
    Babciaabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot!

  • Thank you very much Babcia!

    – swaby

  • Gerry  Temple
    Gerry Templeabout 4 years ago

    Great detail in this wonderful capture

  • Thank you very much Gerry! Very kind of you!

    – swaby

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    I love it Swaby. The colors are perfect!

  • Hey Kimberly! Thank you very much for the fantastic comment! I really appreciate it!

    – swaby

  • WayofWarriors
    WayofWarriorsabout 4 years ago

    Awesome

  • Tony, thank you so very much for your kindness and support! You are very appreciated!

    – swaby

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 4 years ago

    Love their cocky expressions, yet they are charmers!

  • I like Blue Jays, maybe for that very reason! Hard to capture for me! Always, thank you so much Pamela!

    – swaby

  • SchwartingSue
    SchwartingSueabout 4 years ago

    Such a gorgeous shot of this Blue Jay. Fabulous work!

  • Thank you so much Susan, always appreciated!

    – swaby

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...about 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you so much Ann Marie, your comment is so kind and I am grateful!

    – swaby

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