In the captivating article “Irresistible! Attract Blue Jays to Your Feeder,” readers will discover how to entice these charismatic birds to their yards and feeders. Blue Jays, with their vibrant blue plumage and perky crests, are loved by many for their beauty and entertaining behavior. Not only are they larger and easier to observe, but they also possess impressive intelligence and social skills. By providing the right types of food, such as peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower seeds, and suet, along with strategically placing feeders in suitable locations, readers will learn effective methods to attract Blue Jays and bring these delightful creatures to their backyard.
Irresistible! Attract Blue Jays to Your Feeder
Love them or hate them, there’s no denying the charismatic personality of Blue Jays! If you live east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States or southern Canada, you likely have Blue Jays in your area. So, how do you attract Blue Jays to your bird feeder? Follow these suggestions to attract Blue Jays to your yard.
Why attract Blue Jays to your bird feeder?
Many people love Blue Jays with their beautiful blue plumage and perky crests. Did you know that Blue Jays display their mood with their crests? Another reason people love Blue Jays is that they are larger and easy to watch. And that is interesting because Blue Jays are intelligent and have complex social skills with other members of their close-knit family. Blue Jays have a wide variety of calls. They can imitate other birds and sometimes even human voices or other noises. For all these reasons, many people love to see Blue Jays at their feeder.
What foods will attract Blue Jays to your feeder?
Blue Jays love peanuts. They love peanut halves, peanut pieces, and especially whole peanuts! Make sure you feed jays only unsalted peanuts. They also love tree nuts of all kinds. They are attracted to acorns and beechnuts. They take these nuts and hide them in the ground in fall. Then in winter, they go back and dig them up to eat. If it’s a mild winter and they don’t need them all for food, or if they forget where they hid them, they will sprout into new nut trees. Blue Jays will eat sunflower seeds. The best mixed bird seed that I have found is Wagner’s Songbird Supreme. It is 50% sunflower seeds and doesn’t have any cheap filler seed that birds won’t eat. This seed attracts the largest variety of birds to your feeder. Blue Jays will eat the sunflower seeds and most likely leave the smaller seeds for other birds. And Blue Jays love suet, especially in winter. Jays will also eat fruit and berries.
What kind of feeders do Blue Jays like?
Blue Jays are among the larger birds that visit bird feeders. They like larger feeders with ample shelf space to perch and eat comfortably. They prefer to eat from larger hopper feeders and platform feeders that accommodate the larger size of jays.
Where to place your bird feeder for Blue Jays
Blue Jays are usually brash and bold. However, sometimes they can be cautious about approaching feeders too close to people or your windows. For this reason, it is good to place your feeder out away from your home, maybe 15 feet or so. Blue Jays also make a tempting target for any housecats in the yard. So raise the feeder up 4 feet or higher to keep them safer.
How else can you attract Blue Jays to your yard?
Blue Jays will appreciate larger trees and dense bushes to provide cover and perhaps food. Oak and beech trees are their favorite. But they will also appreciate walnut trees. Apple trees, cherry trees, and similar fruit trees will provide a place of safety and food. Plant elderberry, huckleberry, and blueberry bushes or create thickets where Blue Jays may build their nest. Blue Jays love bird baths and fountains. If you can provide such a water feature for them, they will visit even without a bird feeder.
Problems with Blue Jays: If you have attracted too many to your feeder
Not everyone loves Blue Jays. Jays do tend to be aggressive. They may chase away or attack smaller birds. In spring, Blue Jays search out other bird’s nests to eat eggs or nestlings. Blue Jays can be noisy and make loud and harsh calls. Some people do not like their calls–especially in early summer when birds start singing and calling early in the morning. Jays have a gullet. This is an enlargement of the throat. This allows them to gulp down large quantities of food and hold it temporarily. Then they fly off, regurgitate the whole food, and bury it in a cache. They will dig up this cache in winter and eat it when other foods are scarce. A tube feeder that has small perches or is made of mesh, with no perches, may slow down Blue Jays at your feeder. Blue Jays cannot hang to feed. Thus, to keep jays away from your suet in winter, place the blocks in an upside-down suet feeder.
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In conclusion, attracting Blue Jays to your feeder can be a delightful experience. These charismatic birds bring a splash of color to any backyard and their intelligent behavior makes them a joy to watch. By providing the right foods, feeders, and habitat, you can make your yard a haven for Blue Jays. So grab some unsalted peanuts, set up a larger feeder, and enjoy the company of these beautiful creatures. Happy bird watching!