Blue Jay (Draw-a-Bird Day)
In one hop
the jay turns his back on me,
dips as though about to drink
the air itself, and flies.
–Philip Levine, “The Rat of Faith”
Blue Jays are related to crows, and like crows they are loud and intelligent. Excellent mimics, they especially like to use the calls of hawks to keep other birds away from food sources. They also use their crest to communicate.
Although they have a reputation for stealing other birds’ eggs, blue jays are largely vegetarian. They have a fondness for acorns, and can often be found near oak trees. Their reputation for aggression is also also overstated, as studies have shown many other birds, including woodpeckers, mockingbirds, and cardinals, to be more contentious.
Blue jays are known to migrate, although little is known about where they go and why, since individual birds may migrate one year and stay put the next.
Put a link to your bird post in the comments and Nina and I will include you in the Round-Up we do with all the birds for March.
And you can read the rest of Philip Levine’s poem here.
Media used for drawings, from top to bottom: neocolor, gouache, ink pen, watercolor pencils