Blue jays are nuts about peanuts.
in across land. Occasionally,
migrating birds that normally prefer to fly overland
get pushed far out to sea by
prevailing offshore winds.
Scientists studying migration
are now aware that even the
smallest birds have the capability of storing enough body fat
to allow them to fly nonstop
over the ocean for days. Taking
a rest on a passing boat or an
offshore oil rig is certainly not
beyond them, either.
Q: I put food out for the local blue jays, but they
just grab a seed or peanut, fly
off, and return shortly to repeat
the sequence. Are they overeating? Should I be worried about
feeding them too much?
A: I could not help chuck- ling at your question about
those greedy little blue jays! I,
too, have had similar experiences with these birds, particularly with peanuts in the shell
placed in an open feeder. Blue
jays are among the smartest
birds on the planet, and, rather
than having to share the peanuts with any other birds, they
just keep coming back to the
feeder, grabbing as many peanuts as they can carry in their
bills, and fly off to store them
somewhere safe. They don’t
stop until the feeder is empty!
They usually hide the peanuts
by burying them just under
the soil in some favorite places.
They are pretty good at remembering the locations, too. As for