PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Blue Jays, the Johnny Appleseeds of the Ice Age!

Blue Jay New Lens

Winter is a good time to see Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) in loose groups of 5 or 6, foraging for acorns high in the treetops. These relatives of Crows and Ravens (the intelligent Corvid family) can stuff their throat pouches with seeds, caching them in tree bark for eating later. Some Blue Jays, mostly juveniles, migrate in the Fall, but adults are likely to stay in the same area year ’round. According to the Cornell Lab, the Blue Jay’s fondness for acorns may have contributed to the spreading of oaks after the last Ice Age!

 

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