September 23, 2014

He's common and...

he's loud,brash and bold.

While being very common in our area he is a rather spectacular bird for visitors from "away".

Cyanocitta cristata

Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.

The black bridle across the face, nape, and throat varies extensively and may help Blue Jays recognize one another.

The oldest known wild, banded Blue Jay lived to be at least 17 years 6 months old.source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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