Blue Jays are such feisty, clever birds and aren’t afraid of humans. In fact, they’re one of the most intelligent birds you’ll see in your backyard.
They’re members of the corvid family, including other jay species such as Steller’s Jays, ravens, crows, and magpies.
Blue Jays Remember Human Faces
Studies show Blue Jays remember human faces, and if the birds take an interest in you, they might follow you around. But, unfortunately, we feel like the jays are always sizing us up and deciding if they can trust us.
So how do you get a Blue Jay to trust you?
Earning a Blue Jay’s Trust
-Offer Their Favorite Foods
You earn a Blue Jay’s trust by offering their favorite foods (sunflower, corn, peanuts) on large feeding platforms and open feeders.
And don’t forget to provide them with a consistent water source for drinking and bathing.
-Offer Plenty of Cover
Offer plenty of native trees to provide cover.
Our Blue Jays enjoy sitting in the fruit trees in camouflage, observing the other birds visiting “their” feeders. But, then, they enjoy darting out and trying to scare our migratory visitors, like the Baltimore Orioles.
But the jays fail every time. These long-distance flyers are not easily rattled. So the jay’s harsh, jeering jaay or jay-jay calls have little or no impact.
So they decide to sit and watch the humans instead.
-Don’t Spray Chemicals
And most important of all, please don’t use insecticides in your yard. Or any product that ends with “icide” in its name.
These products include herbicide, rodenticide, parasiticide, pesticide, fungicide, and vermicide. They pose a dangerous threat to your backyard nature sanctuary.
If you’re using chemical insecticides to kill ants, you may be harming the birds that visit your yard. Some chemicals used in ant poisons are highly toxic to birds, so let the birds be your natural insect control.
Have Fun with Your Blue Jays
Next time you offer peanuts in your platform feeder, count how many whole peanuts the jay can store in its crop.
Our backyard Blue Jay record is 11. Though we have to admit, it looked like the bird was struggling to get airborne.
Take time out to enjoy these clever birds. They might teach you a thing or two.