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This colorful species of the jay family is fairly common from the East coast of the US to the eastern edge of the Rockies. In winter here I occasionally find their feathers scattered around where a Sharp-Shinned Hawk has caught one for dinner.
Apparently some migrate and some don't. It is termed "partial migration." I have seen large flocks migrating south along the Hudson River. However, there are always plenty of them around in a New England winter especially if you put bird food out.
Factoid: they mate for life, like Canada Geese. How do they know who is who, because they all look the same?
Last year I happened to hit one with my truck. I had no idea it was stuck to my truck grille . I saw it and put it in woods next to my house . Within 10 minutes I had at least 15 or more Blue Jays calling and looking at the dead one for others to come I never before or since have heard such a cry from Jays
Rescued a juvenile from a cat a couple years ago.
The entire Blue Jay village was out in force.
Put the young one in a box on the deck overnight.
Set him out the following morning. Huge rescue party showed up.
They are now my favorites at the feeder.
I line up peanuts on the deck rail and whistle to them as they come in.
It seems like I see/hear them from time to time, all year 'round. But they are a lot more prevalent in the winter. Is it because I hang feeders out with a steady supply of seed, or is it because some of them are migrating here to Texas for the winter? Don't know.
Interesting comments above re: flock behaviors. I had not noticed that, but will watch for it now.