The Travels of Tug 44


Northern Blue Jay






Blue Jays are one of the more noticeable visitors at any bird feeder, for their rather loud squawks and calls. Also one of the most colorful. This one is sitting on a fence by the Hudson River in Fort Edward.   high-res



This Blue Jay has moved to the bird feeder to collect some sunflower seeds, pausing to clean his feet. Yep, he's picking his toes.   high-res



Blue Jays eat nearly anything, including seeds, nuts, fruits, bugs and sometimes even small mice.   high-res



Male and female Blue Jays look the same, though the males are slightly larger. No idea which this one is.   high-res



Northern Blue Jays definitely enjoy their sunflower seeds.   high-res



They are a bit large for my birdfeeder, but they make do with a lot of flapping and hanging below the perch. There is one oddity, the blue color in the feathers is not from pigments, but rather a microscopic structure in the feathers that refects blue light. When a feather is crushed, the blue vanishes.   high-res

The Blue Jay, an unmistakable very noisy bird.




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