Though Blue Jays often manage to avoid letting me get a decent shot of them I managed to outsmart the clever corvids yesterday. I was at Kissena Corridor Park in Queens and noticed a steady stream of Blue Jays flying out of the park to a particular backyard and then flying back in to the park, generally following the same path. Slightly closer examination showed that they were going to fetch acorns!
Blue Jay carrying acorns
Each bird I spotted making the acorn run was actually carrying at least two acorns. Can you figure out where the rest are?
That’s right, the clever jays are carrying additional acorns in their crop! Here’s a close up of the picture above to show you skeptics that Blue Jays really load up on acorns when they have the chance.
Noticing that the birds had more than one acorn made me wonder if they were caching them somewhere. I did not have time to follow them to wherever their actual destination in the park was but it is high on my list of things to figure out.
Anyway, enjoy these shots of Cyanocitta cristata. Make sure to check out how the bird is using its tail as a rudder in the last shot. I’ll let you know if I figure out if and where the jays are hiding their acorns. Just promise not to tell the squirrels!
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