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cyanocitta cristata

  1. Scruffy doesn't even cover it

    Scruffy doesn't even cover it

    American Blue Jay Don't know whether it's molt, mites or both
  2. Yeah, they can be noisey but

    Yeah, they can be noisey but

    These Blue Jays sure are lovely
  3. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    This common species of Eastern North America was attracted to a water feature where it took a late afternoon bath. This is presumably the nominate race "C. c. cristata" characterized by smaller, reduced white markings on its wings and tail.
  4. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    Was sitting on my front steps when this scruffy looking young jay came along and landed not far away. He regarded me with curiosity rather than fleeing in fear, and I was even talking to him as I snapped a few photos. I think he was just waiting for me to toss him a few peanuts. OOPS I forgot...
  5. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    Young Blue Jay
  6. Posing High & Mighty

    Posing High & Mighty

    American Blue Jay
  7. moulting.JPG

    moulting.JPG

    Blue Jay moulting season. When they lose their head feathers all in one go, and we wind up with blue and white miniature vultures running around the yard.
  8. So many shades of Blue

    So many shades of Blue

    Coastal Blue Jay. New name label from Wikipedia.
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    Blue Jay.jpg

    This young inexperienced Blue Jay was poised to leap to a nearby feeder to scare off a big Hairy Woodpecker that was already eating there. Only problem was, like a kid trying to jump into deep water for the first time, he just couldn't work up the courage to do it. Maybe the steely stare of the...
  10. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    One after the computer crashed, and from what I see tonight this will be the first to crash tonight.
  11. Just chilling out

    Just chilling out

    American Blue Jay
  12. Another Blue Jay Portrait

    Another Blue Jay Portrait

    I can always count on one of my Blue Jay friends to give me a decent pose.
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    Blue Jay.jpg

    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
  14. Blue Jay 3 of 3

    Blue Jay 3 of 3

    It’s come to the point at which it feels odd to look out the back window and not see a Blue Jay. Yesterday there were 4 of them at one time. They’re becoming nearly as common of the House Sparrow is in our garden. I am thankful.
  15. Blue Jay 2 of 3

    Blue Jay 2 of 3

    A beautiful blue visitor to the Bird Garden.
  16. Blue Jay 1 of 3

    Blue Jay 1 of 3

    The Blue Jay has become a permanent feature in the Bird Garden. Here one is enjoying our flimsy bird bath.
  17. Being patient

    Being patient

    Juvie Blue Jay. This juvie is waiting patiently to be fed. Not like its squawking siblings. The blue jay is between 9 and 12 inches in length. It is bright blue on top and white to gray on its throat, chest and belly. It has a gray-blue crest on its head and black and white bars on its wings...
  18. Can you guess what's coming?

    Can you guess what's coming?

    This female Baltimore Oriole is perched below a Blue Jay, who is also guarding the Oriole's favorite snack... there's only one thing that can happen next.
  19. Covering the feeder

    Covering the feeder

    Blue Jays seem more active than in the past.
  20. Teenage Jay

    Teenage Jay

    The blue jay is between 9 and 12 inches in length. It is bright blue on top and white to gray on its throat, chest and belly. It has a gray-blue crest on its head and black and white bars on its wings and tail. Its bill, legs and feet are black.
  21. Red and Blue activity

    Red and Blue activity

    Favorite perch
  22. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    Got lucky, in the right place at the right time. Thanks for all your kind words on my last picture.
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    REB_2013.jpg

    Bluejay on lilac tree branches.
  24. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    Sometimes I will go out on my deck and have my early morning coffee, while tossing the birds a few peanuts. The Blue Jays are there too of course, and they will come relatively close. This one was waiting for me to toss a peanut when it suddenly flew from its perch, hawked a flying insect out of...
  25. These guys are eating me out of house and home ;)

    These guys are eating me out of house and home ;)

    Blue Jay Blue Jays are known to take and eat eggs and nestlings of other birds, but we don’t know how common this is. In an extensive study of Blue Jay feeding habits, only 1% of jays had evidence of eggs or birds in their stomachs. Most of their diet was composed of insects and nuts and...
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