Blue Jays are not everyone's favorite bird.  Their aggressive behavior can sometimes drive smaller birds away from feeders.  They are, however, very interesting birds and and have their fans.  Here's how they are described in the Bent Life History Series.

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© Stephen Muskie


"The blue jay is a strong, healthy-looking bird, noisy and boisterous.  He gives us the impression of being independent, lawless, haughty, even impudent, with a disregard for his neighbors' rights and wishes: like Hotspur, as we meet him in Henry IV, part 1.


To be sure, the jay has his quiet moments, as we shall see, but his mercurial temper, always just below the boiling point, is ever ready to flare up into rage and screaming attack, or, like many another diplomat, beat a crafty retreat.  He is a strikingly beautiful bird: blue, black, and white, big and strong, his head carrying a high, pointed crest which in anger shoots upward like a flame.  Walter Faxon long ago told me of a distinguished visiting English ornithologist who was eager to see a live blue jay because he considered it the finest bird in the world.  He was surprised to find that this beauty, as he called it, is one of our common birds."