Did you know it is National Bird Day? As we celebrate the day, let’s spotlight a bird you will see a lot in Ohio during the winter months for Wildlife Wednesday – the blue jay.
The blue jay is part of the crow family, which is a group of larger, aggressive birds. Their bills are large and stout; the feet and legs are heavy, enabling them to spend much time on the ground. Both the wings and the tail are rounded. The family is omnivorous (they eat both plant and animal material) and their songs are loud, raucous calls.
This handsome bird is a common winter resident, although they can be highly migratory, and we may get many more in the spring and fall. At one time their habitat was primarily oak woods, but they are now common in city parks and wooded suburban areas. Sometimes they are seen chasing smaller birds away from feeders.
For more info about this bird species, head to https://ohiodnr.gov/…/discover…/animals/birds/blue-jay or download our Common Birds of Ohio Field Guide from your Ohio Division of Wildlife here – https://ohiodnr.gov/…/Common%20Birds%20of%20Ohio…. #WildOhio Ohio Department of Education