Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata
Location: Ground, feeders. Winter of 2010-11: sizeable population (>10) visits regularly. They hang out in tops of surrounding oaks during the day, take turns visiting the feeders. They clearly favor peanuts; take them back up in the trees to eat.
A familiar sight at bird feeders, the boldly patterned Blue Jay is unmistakable. It is abundant in the East and is extending into the West, using food and shelter provided by humans.
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Genus: Cyanocitta (jays)
Family: Corvidae (crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies…)
Order: Passeriformes (perching birds)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)