Meet You at the Feeding Stump

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UploadedApril 24, 2017
TakenFebruary 6, 2017
MakeSony
ModelILCE-5000
Exposure1/160 sec at f/9
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash, Return light not detected
Focal Length50 mm
ISO1000
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He's at the take out window. They don't sit still too long.

The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States, although western populations may be migratory. Resident populations are also found in Newfoundland, Canada, while breeding populations can be found in southern Canada. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominantly blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the blue jay are recognized.

The blue jay mainly feeds on nuts and seeds such as acorns, soft fruits, arthropods, and occasionally small vertebrates. It typically gleans food from trees, shrubs, and the ground, though it sometimes hawks insects from the air. Like squirrels, blue jays are known to hide nuts for later consumption. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree, which both sexes participate in constructing. The clutch can contain two to seven eggs, which are blueish or light brown with brown spots. Young are altricial, and are brooded by the female for 8–12 days after hatching. They may remain with their parents for one to two months.

The bird's name derives from its noisy, garrulous nature. It is sometimes called a "jaybird".

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7 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (24 Apr 2017):

    What a beautiful picture of the blue jay on the stump...They are such colorful birds ..Interesting narrative...I found they also like to suet besides sunflower seds.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (24 Apr 2017):

    What a very clever set up! Lovely indeed!!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (25 Apr 2017):

    Small is beautiful!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (25 Apr 2017):

    a wonderful shot!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (26 Apr 2017):

    Listening to music?

  • Robert Levesque

    Robert Levesque gave props (28 Apr 2017):

    Nicely done!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (30 Apr 2017):

    Great capture!

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