Some of these photos show a Blue Jay with its crest raised. Others show the crest held down. The crest position can be used by Blue Jays for communicating. When around a mate, family or other jays in a flock, the crest is often held down, indicating a low aggression level. The higher the crest, the higher the aggression level. The crest is almost always up when the bird calls or squawks.
Blue Jays also have a wide variety of vocalizations or calls, and they are known to mimic other birds — most commonly Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks. I often hear the hawk call when a Blue Jay is approaching a crowded feeder in the winter. The call deceives other birds into scattering, providing the jay with open access to the feeder.
I add a new featured gallery the first of each month. The numbers in the gallery title represent the month and year it was featured. Last month’s featured gallery, with photos of fall colors, has been moved to my featured gallery archives.
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