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Blue Jay - 101 | by Tony Tanoury
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Blue Jay - 101

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How could you not love ‘em? Some people don’t! Sure, they can be a bit boisterous, aggressive and they can clean out your bird food in a heart beat! They are, after all, the most highly touted nut-gatherers in the hood, collecting acorns and peanuts almost as fast as I can put them out! But I find that after their initial frenzy and excitement of finding new food, they will quickly calm down and eat harmoniously side by side the other birds and critters.


What’s there not to love? They’re beautiful, fascinating and funny too!


They’ll load up, taking the bird equivalent of a cartload of groceries all in one trip, then eat or hide some for the winter. It’s hilarious to watch them indecisively select their nuts . . . I like this peanut; no I like this acorn better!


Their capacity to amass such large quantities of food lies in their ability to put their munchies in their gular throat pouch. I've seen them haul away as many as five acorns or three large peanuts! Much more than a squirrel or chipmunk can!


The next time you see a blue jay, take a closer look at its throat. When you think of jays – it’s hard not to think of nuts!


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Taken on September 24, 2009