Attracting Blue Jays

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Inquisitive Blue Jay

Blue Jays are fun birds. Members of the Corvidae family, they are smart and bold. Yes, they can seem a little obnoxious to human eyes. But if you watch them, they don’t so much bully other birds at the feeders as behave in a loud self-important “me first” way.

They fly in, take what they want, announcing it with loud calls, and then move on to other business. And sometimes other backyard birds call their bluff and they are the ones who have to back off! Would you like Blue Jays in your yard? Offer them the foods they like!

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56 Cedar Waxwings At A Birdbath

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Cedar Waxwings at A Birdbath
Cedar Waxwings at Front Birdbath

Usually I’m not thrilled when huge flocks of birds descend on the yard, displacing our “regulars” from feeders and birdbaths. But when fifty-six (at least!) Cedar Waxwings visited, I was happily excited. Unlike big flocks of Common Grackles, European Starlings and Brown-Headed Cowbirds, this crowd was not aggressive towards the other birds and didn’t displace them. They didn’t want anything from the feeders after all. They didn’t mess with the other birds and the other birds didn’t mess with them. They were just there to drink.

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Spring Backyard Birds

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Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak on a branch in the back yard
Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Spring backyard birds are always interesting. You never know when a new bird will arrive in the yard.

Here in central Maryland, it has been feeling like summer lately. We have to remind ourselves that it is actually still spring. The yard has been lively, with quite a few interesting spring bird visitors over the past week. Most will not settle in to become yard regulars. They will continue on their way within a day or two, but it sure is fun to watch them while they are here.

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