This fall, when it becomes light enough, the quiet that occurs with living in the country is torn apart by raucous cries. Blue jays have spotted the seeds and let the bird world know the buffet is ready.
In late spring and all summer, if I'm late getting out - 4 a.m. sometimes being a bit tough to arise if I was late the night before, the jays will rouse me. They shriek their annoyance that the feeders aren't out yet. As soon as they see the dogs out the door they know somehow I'll follow shortly. Delighted they land in the trees and bushes. I'm often surprised they don't dive bomb me they are so eager. But they also land and chase the smaller birds into the bushes to wait until they are through their feast.
Now that it's fall they gorge themselves. I'm told they hide their seed to recover it later. So off to the internet I go to prove this after watching several blue jays poke seeds into holes made by woodpeckers in several of the surrounding trees. The website www.all-birds.com states in its page on bird intelligence that corvids - the species group to which blue jays belong - are among the smartest in the bird world and can indeed return exactly to the spots where they hide their booty.
So I took the following video of a gourmand blue jay, wondering where in the world he was going to hide all the seed he/she? managed to put in its gullet?