POTW #8: Blue Jay eating cracked corn

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) shutter: 1/30, focal length: 432 mm, aperture: f/3.5, distance: 3 meters, location: Groton, CT

Childhood ornithology

When I was a kid, I thought, “Pointy headed birds come in two colors—red and blue.” This seemed logical. Licorice comes in red and black, but we call both of them “licorice.” Crayons also come in different colors. So I was surprised when I learned that blue jays are actually cousins of crows, while the cardinal’s family includes grosbeaks and tanagers. Crows and tanagers don’t look alike at all.

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5 Comments on “POTW #8: Blue Jay eating cracked corn”

  1. sarahjones Says:

    Blue jays are poorly behaved just like crows! Actually maybe worse.

    • bpatricksullivan Says:

      Blue jays are aggressive and noisy, but they mate for life, and the males feed the females while they brood. So they’re not all “bad” 🙂 (not that I think they are really capable of altruism or malevolence).

      Also, they can commonly imitate hawks’ calls, and some can even mimic human speech!

  2. susan Says:

    Such beautiful pictures!
    Reminds me I should replace the feeder in our front yard. It has a big hole in the side so now the squirrels eat all the seeds.

  3. jean Says:

    What a blue blue jay!


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