How to Attract Blue Jay

How to Attract Blue Jay

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: A bright and beautiful bird with an obnoxious call, the Blue Jay is commonly found in open woodlands and backyards. Blue Jays are large birds with bright blue upperparts, and white-gray underparts. They like peanuts and sunflower seeds and will visit platform feeders to get to them. In the wild they are frequently seen in Oak (Acorns are their #1 source of food), Hickory, and Beech trees. So, if you go on a Blue Jay search in the woods, these are the trees to zero in on. The Blue Jay will use birdbaths. 

Overview

Identification:

  • Large-Sized Bird

  • Dark Blue and Black Upperparts, White-Gray Underparts

Habitat:

  • Forest Edge

  • Open Woodlands

  • Backyards (with or near trees)

Eating Habits:

  • Tree Nuts and Seeds

  • Insects

  • Will visit Feeders for Peanuts and Sunflower Seeds

Nesting:

  • Deciduous or Evergreen Tree (Low to Moderate Height)

Top Ways to Attract Blue Jays

Oak     Sunflower Seeds     Peanuts     Hickory     Birdbath

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Blue Jays

American Basswood (Seeds)     Beech (Nuts)     Birch (Seeds)     Crabapple (Fruit)     Eastern Hemlock (Nesting)      Eastern White Pine (Seeds, Nesting)               Flowering Dogwood (Fruit)      Hickory (Nuts)      Oak (Acorns)     Red Mulberry (Fruit)     Sumac (Fruit)     Wild Cherry (Fruit)

Attracting Blue Jays with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:     Hopper     Ground     Platform     Suet Cage     Hanging Tube

Feed:     Cracked Corn     Millet     Peanut     Suet     Sunflower Seed