TOP 5 REASONS WE HATE BLUE JAYS
1. They're loud
Blue Jays are one of the most vocal and loudest birds in the yard. But it works to their advantage and to the advantage of the other birds as well. Hey, you know they're there!
2. They're big and "scare" away the little birds
They are big and littler birds may leave when the jays come, but the little guys always come back, don't they?
3. They scatter seeds all over the place
They're looking for their favorite seed or nut, or the one that weighs the most. Put a tray under your feeder to catch their mess!
4. They come in a gang
Members of the jay family will flock together. Several adults may tend to the young jays, helping their survival. It's an advantage to work together to find food sources.
5. They're piggy and eat all the seed
They can eat a lot of seed and especially love peanuts. I put out peanuts-in-the-shell only occasionally since they can clean out a Peanut Pantry in less than an hour!
YES, BUT...READ ON!
TOP 5 REASONS WE SHOULD LOVE BLUE JAYS
1. They're a beautiful bird
From their blue and white-jeweled wing feathers to the soft gray underparts, their jaunty crest and black necklace, the Blue Jay is a gorgeous bird to see!
They have a variety of calls and behaviors that are interesting to hear and observe. They do a great hawk imitation or can sound like a rusty gate!
3. They plant trees
Jays store food like acorns by caching them. The ones they don't recover can grow to be a mighty oak!
4. They're smart
Members of the corvid family (which also includes crows) are known as being among the most intelligent of birds.
5. They protect other birds by being the flock "watch dog"
Jays serve as yard sentries, calling loudly if a predator is in the area. Watch all the other birds flee the area or freeze in place when jays let out a warning call.