Out the Back Window: Finders Keepers

There is a little more to the story.

How I See It

As we sat down to dinner, Melanie remarked about seeing two Blue Jays rise simultaneously from the yard below the window. They rose up gracefully to perch in the trees. They sat for a few moments and soon flew off to see what mischief they could cause. We always have a pair of Blue Jays in the back yard. They are nicely appointed in their uniforms as they patrol the woods out our back window.

 

Illustration by H. Douglas Pratt

Blue Jays are common year round residents in the eastern 2/3 of the US. They like forest edge habitats. They have a favorite food of acorns, and are often found near oaks, in forests, woodlots, towns, cities, and parks.

Several interesting facts about them are here at All About Birds
Three I liked are…

  • The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of…

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