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The Vanishing Blue Jay

Blue Jays are an interesting bird to watch during the winter months. Their bright blue feathers add a touch of color to an otherwise bland winter landscape. Many birders anxiously anticipate their arrival in the winter and are disappointed to see them leave in the spring. Where do these birds go when warmer weather arrives?

The truth is that Blue Jays are not normally migratory birds. Even so, some of them will occasionally migrate south for the winter. Some of them may migrate every other year, while others do not ever leave the area they were born in. It seems that Blue Jays are more likely to migrate when they are young than when they get older.

The fact that these birds often do not migrate is surprising to many people. That is because many birders claim they do not see these birds during the spring and summer. The reason why these birds are rarely seen during this time is because they are nesting. These birds form nests high in the crotch of many trees, where they lay their eggs and raise their young.

Another reason why Blue Jays are seen more often during the winter is because they must often rely on bird feeders in order to eat. Blue Jays are generally ground foragers, which means they dine on insects found under the ground. Even so, they are also known to eat acorns and the eggs of other birds. They sometimes eat seeds and fruit and can store large amounts of food for later use.