Loud and rowdy blue jays are best known for screaming, “Jay! Jay! Jay!” These troublemakers also mimic many birdcalls, including hawks, to send other birds into a tizzy.
Blue jays have stretchy throat pouches like pelicans and can gulp down loads of insects or up to five acorns. One jay packed away 100 sunflower seeds! They stash these snacks for later.
Jays are some of the smartest birds in the sky, with excellent memories and problem-solving skills. They form groups to attack owls and hawks.
A monarch’s bright wings warn birds, “Whoa!” Milkweed, the caterpillar’s favorite snack, makes the butterfly bitter tasting and causes birds to upchuck. Blue jays quickly learn to avoid munching monarchs.
That’s one tough and rubbery butterfly! A bird can pinch the monarch’s wing hard enough to find out it tastes gross and spit it out, and the monarch can still fly away.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill