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What month do blue jays lay their eggs?

What month do blue jays lay their eggs?

Blue jays lay eggs in the spring and summer, usually between the months of March and July. Mid-April until the end of May is peak season for breeding. The average nest size is 3-7 eggs but females can have up to two broods per year. With an incubation period of only 16-18 days there is plenty of time.

Do Blue Jays return to the same nest every year?

Blue Jays may occasionally reuse nests of their own species (Forbush, 1927; Laskey, 1958; Weeks, 1984; Graber et al., 1987) and rarely those of other species, including squirrels (Hilton and Vessall, 1980; Graber et al., 1987; Ehrlich et al., 1988).

How long do Blue Jays stay with their parents?

Young are altricial, and are brooded by the female for 8–12 days after hatching. They may stay with their parents for one to two months. The name jay derives from the bird’s noisy, garrulous nature and has been applied to other birds of the same family, which are also mostly gregarious.

How many eggs does a blue jay usually lay?

Nesting Facts

Clutch Size: 2-7 eggs
Egg Length: 1.0-1.3 in (2.5-3.3 cm)
Egg Width: 0.7-0.9 in (1.8-2.2 cm)
Incubation Period: 17-18 days
Nestling Period: 17-21 days

What does it mean when you see a blue jay in your yard?

However, there is a widespread belief among devout Christians that seeing a blue jay in one’s home or yard is a sign of good things to come. The biblical meaning of seeing a blue jay is to communicate well, persist, and plan for the future. It may also symbolize protection and fearlessness.

Do blue jays leave their babies?

Blue jay broods usually leave the nest together when the babies are about 17 to 21 days old. These birds are often mistaken for “abandoned” baby blue jays, but are best left alone or returned to the nest.

What happens when a Blue Jay loses its mate?

“If they do lose their mate, they will go through a year or two of a mourning period,” says John Klavitter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist at Midway Atoll. “After that, they will do a courtship dance to try to find another mate.”

Will blue jays eat baby birds?

Blue Jays are omnivores and in very rare cases are known to eat the nestlings or fledglings of smaller birds such as robins and hummingbirds. However, most of their diet consists of insects, seeds and nuts.