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A raucous name and a daring flash of blue at your feeder means a jay has arrived. East of the Rockies, your customer is kind of seemingly a Blue Jay (left). Out west, you are most likely seeing a Steller’s Jay. These daring blue dandies sound the alarm, saying the method of a predator. Typically the loud name sends the predator packing. If not, a household of jays could gang up and mob the intruder. And, if that does not work, the jay could mimic the decision of a Bald Eagle or Crimson-tailed Hawk — birds on the very high of the pecking order — to dissuade the invader.

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These Raucous Jays

Tailored from a script by Frances Wooden

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[Steller’s Jay calling]
While you hear a raucous name and see a daring flash of blue swoop to your hen feeder, you’ll know a jay has arrived. And all of the little birds dart for canopy. East of the Rockies, your customer is kind of seemingly a Blue Jay. [Blue Jay calling] Out west, you’re most likely seeing a Steller’s Jay. [Steller’s Jay calling]
Standing on the feeder, the jay friends round with beady black eyes, tosses its crest, then jabs on the sunflower seeds with its sturdy beak. When it’s completed, it calls once more and flies off. [Blue Jay calling] Solely then do the little birds trickle again.
These daring blue dandies sound the alarm, saying the method of a predator. Typically the loud name sends the predator packing. If not, a household of jays could gang up and mob the intruder [Sounds of a Steller’s Jay mob]. And, if that doesn’t work, the jay could mimic the decision of a Bald Eagle or Crimson-tailed Hawk—birds on the very high of the pecking order—to dissuade the invader.
[Sounds of Steller’s Jay mimicking a Red-tailed Hawk]
The alarm name of the jay helps shield not solely the jay and its kin, however all these smaller birds too.
[Blue Jay calling]
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Audio recording of the Steller’s Jay supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Name of single Steller’s Jay and Steller’s Jay mimicking Crimson-tailed Hawk recorded by W.W.H. Gunn. Name of Blue Jay and a number of Steller’s Jays recorded by G.A. Keller.
Producer: John Kessler
Govt Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org     March 2017/2020/2022     Narrator:  Michael Stein

ID# orig: 030705STJA         STJABLJA-02

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