January 2, 2017
Congratulations to Harry Foster of Breckenridge, QC, Canada, our latest BirdSpotter Judges Choice Award winner. His stunning photo of a Blue Jay in flight captures a view of this common species that is not common at all. Jays are among the smartest birds that will visit your feeders. They will mimic the calls of hawks, perhaps to warn other birds that hawks are around… or perhaps to trick other birds into falsely thinking a hawk is around, and leaving more food for the jays! Blue Jays are loyal to their families, however, and will stay in family group even after the nesting season.
Harry writes about his Blue Jays: “The Blue Jay is so interesting. I’m fascinated by the fact that Crows seem to pester, keep watch on and chase away all the big predator birds like Eagles, Ospreys and Owls, but the Blue Jay will chase away any Crows that are showing an interest on the Jay’s food supply. The other thing I find interesting is the Jay will come and take as many peanuts that are on the table, but I am not convinced he remembers all the places he puts them. I have observed him during snow storms, just burying them in the snow somewhere. Perhaps he is also helping mice that are under the snow to survive.”
Monday, January 2, is the first day to submit a photo to the next BirdSpotter photo category, Sweet for Suet. Show us your suet-eating friends. Biweekly People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Anyone can participate by entering a photo and voting for their favorites! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.