This Blue Jay has been carved in detail by Bill Fewell from Bass Wood, then reproduced in a Poly-rubber mold and hand painted by Beth. The settings are created from driftwood or native wood that display the bird life like.
Blue Jays are fun to watch as they fly in to dominate the feeders, screaming the favorite mimic of the hawk. Beth’s name for the Blue Jays is Beautiful Bad Boys. They scare away briefly those visiting the back yard, but sometimes are seen vandalizing the nest of another bird. We find our rendition of the Blue Jay life like and people are quick to verbalize their like or dislike of the bird. The large lamps with a pair of Blue Jays is a stunning conversation piece for any living room.
It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the Blue Jay are recognized.
The Blue Jay mainly feeds on nuts and seeds such as acorns, soft fruits, arthropods, and occasionally small vertebrates. It typically gleans food from trees, shrubs, and the ground, though it sometimes hawks insects from the air. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree, which both sexes participate in constructing. The clutch can contain two to seven eggs, which are blueish or light brown with brown spots. Young are altricial, and are brooded by the female for 8–
12days after hatching. They may remain with their parents for one to two months.
The bird’s name derives from its noisy, garrulous nature. It is sometimes called a “jaybird”.
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