Blue Jay and the Sun Sign
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – NORTH MIAMI, FL
This photo of a Blue jay at the Sun Sign was taken in my backyard in North Miami, Florida. The camera gear used was a Nikon D90 with a Tamron 28-300mm lens attached. I’m always amazed and amused by the amount of birds that come to the bird feeders I have placed in my backyard.
The Blue Jay mainly feeds on nuts and seeds such as acorns, soft fruits, arthropods, and occasionally small vertebrates. These birds typically glean food from trees, shrubs, and the ground, though they sometimes catch insects from the air. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree, which both sexes participate in constructing. The clutch can contain two to seven eggs, which are blueish or light brown with brown spots. Young are altricial, and are brooded by the female for 8–12 days after hatching. They may remain with their parents for one to two months.
The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year.
The bird’s name derives from its noisy, garrulous nature, and it sometimes also called a “jaybird”.