February 13, 2017
Neither wind nor snow will keep these Blue Jays from peanuts! Congratulations to Lynda Murtha, of Tamworth, Ontario, our latest BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice Award winner. The blustery snow and brilliant Blue Jays really caught our eye. Lynda wrote, “A friend has been feeding peanuts to a flock of Blue Jays and without fail they arrive at 8 every morning for their breakfast special. Even in a snowstorm…”
Winter flocks of Blue Jays often contain several mated pairs and other individuals from the neighborhood. Most often these flocks average around 10 individuals; although if the birds find a plentiful feeder or nut tree, the groups can number upwards of 30 birds!
TODAY, Monday, February 13, is the first day to submit a photo to the BirdSpotter category: The Not-so-usual Suspects. Show us uncommon visitors to your backyard. Photographers can choose to a receive a free set of illustrated note cards just for participating (limit one card set per person, U.S. mailing addresses only). 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.