Blue Jay in Pine by Lisa G. Putman
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Blue Jay – Cyanocitta cristata Photographed in Cordova, TN using a Canon EOS 30D DSLR with a 70-200L mm lens at f/2.8 with 2X extender.

The Blue Jay is larger than most of the other songbirds in our area, The Blue Jay’s plumage is varying shades of medium to light blue, white to light grey under belly and a black necklace. The perky crest moves up and down at will. Blue Jay’s often stay in our area year round. They are frequent visitors at bird feeders, eating seeds, insects, fruit, and nuts. Blue Jays are highly intelligent. They are known to scream like a hawk to scatter birds at a feeder. I have observed this bird playing diving games to scare off or possible just annoy our local cats. Despite their noisy calls and chatter, they are usually silent in open flight. They have complex social systems with tight family bonds. Stuffs food items in throat pouch to cache elsewhere; when eating, holds a seed or nut in feet and pecks it open. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.

Listen to Typical Songs and Calls

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Comments

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Lisa!

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Lisa – I have one of these and I have given him billions of peanuts and he will not stay still long enough for me to get that perfect shot :) Little stinker :)

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickalmost 5 years ago

    How lovely is this image Lisa! What a wonderful POV!

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