March 2023 features a “comic strip” of an adult Bluejay feeding a very demanding and hungry young Bluejay.
Bluejays are a very common, large American songbird that can be found anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains.
Species: Cyanocitta cristata
Length: 10 – 12 in (25-30 cm)
Wingspan: 13 – 17 in (34-43 cm)
Weight: 2.5 – 3.5 oz (70-100 g)
While the Bluejay is official considered a songbird, they’re not really known for their beautiful singing, but their pretty loud, and often relentless screeching. Some call them the police or security guards of the bird world, because they will raise the alarm with lots of them screeching loudly when a predator is around.
Bluejays are considered quite intelligent, and they build strong social networks. While the males and females and young all appear to look mostly the same to us, the black marks around the neck and face very enough, that there is a theory the birds themselves can tell each other apart by those patterns.
The “don’t eat the head that feeds you” interaction between bluejay parent and kid took place in a tangerine tree in my backyard in Historic Kenwood, St. Petersburg.
2023 St. PetersBird Calendar
Luxurious press-printed monthly poster calendar featuring 13 bird photos by Luci Westphal.