blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 10 inches
Black sturdy bill
Blue crest and upperparts
Black eyeline and breastband
Grayish-white throat and underparts
Bright blue wings with black bars and white patches
Long blue tail with black bars and white corners
Migrates during the day in small flocks
Because of its large size, blue coloration and crest the blue jay is quite
distinctive. Steller's jay has dark underparts. Other jays lack a crest and
have different markings.
Migration Status:Short distance migrant
Nest Location:Mid-story/canopy nesting
Length of Incubation: 16-18 days
Days to Fledge:17-21
Number of Broods:1 in north, 2-3 in south
Diet: Mostly nuts and seeds; lesser quantities of fruit insects eggs
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Crooked Run Valley