Jays

Blue JayThere are many varieties of Jays found in the United States and Canada. The most common is the Blue Jay found year-round in the mid and eastern parts. The Scrub Jays and Stellar Jays are only found in the western US and Canada.

Jays, in general, are fond of whole peanuts in the shell, black oil and hulled sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts, and tree nuts. They will also eat millet and corn products. They will visit any feeder, flying in and quickly extracting their food of choice and stashing it away for a later feast. Another favorite food of theirs is acorns and they are credited with helping to plant oak trees. The state bird of Georgia, the Brown Thrasher is abundant throughout the central and eastern U.S., and central and southern Canada. With white underparts with dark streaks and brown upper parts, its diet consists mainly of insects, fruits, seeds and nuts. They prefer to live in wooded areas where there is thick brush. Thank you to The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.