Length: 11 - 12.5"
Habitat: Deciduous and mixed woodlands, especially those with oaks and beeches; less frequently, coniferous forests; farmlands, roadsides, parks, and residential areas.
Diet: Acorns (staple) and other nuts, seeds, wild fruits and berries, insects and spiders, birds' eggs and nestlings; occasionally, frogs and mice.
Blue Jays favor peanuts, whole or shelled. They also enjoy black oil sunflower seeds, cracked corn, dried fruit, and suet. They will at times eat safflower seeds and millet.
These birds prefer platform feeders or large hoppers. However, they will readily feed on the ground or from suet cages and sometimes will eat from tube feeders.
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(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Blue Jay is found year-round in the New England region.
Range Maps from Cornell
Blue Jay year-round and nonbreeding range
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS