How To Attract Blue Jays To Your Backyard

Attracting Blue Jays

Blue Jays are beautiful birds.  I finally found the secret to attracting them.  I didn’t see them at the feeder this winter, so I’m glad I was able to capture these photos this fall.   Some Blue Jays migrate and some do not.  I’m assuming mine decided to move on this winter.  

Blue Jays start their courtship in February. The breeding season is from March to July.  Spring is around the corner, so I wanted to give you a few tips on how you may be able to get them to a feeder in your backyard for a photo op.   

A few facts about Blue Jays, they are large birds and they stay with their partner for life.  They understand the meaning of until death do us part.  They are loud and love to make their presence know with their “jaaaay” call early morning.  They prefer wooded areas.  I have trees along my back property and the adjoining property has a roll of evergreens, so I have the perfect environment.  The average life span for a Blue Jay is 7 years.  

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It’s difficult to tell the male from the female, they look identical.  These two show up together, or one shortly after the other.  Blue Jays don’t eat at the feeder, they pick up their treat and eat elsewhere, but return often for more.  I just love their color.  

Blue Jays

I took this picture after I started this post.  I was so excited to see this Blue Jay since they had been missing all winter.  I don’t know if this is the male or female, but the other is around somewhere.  I’m hoping to see little Blue Jays this summer since breeding season has started.  

Here are a few tips to lure these beauties to a feeder in your backyard:

  • Purchase a platform feeder as shown.  I ordered mine from Amazon and love it.  
  • Use raw peanuts.  They also love shelled, but make sure they’re unsalted.  You can buy them in bulk at Costco or Sams.  
  • Add acorns, sunflower seeds and fruit to the feeder.  (I use old grapes).  
  • Spread cracked corn and sunflower seeds on the ground under the feeder.  
  • Plant an oak tree and you will have them for life.  (They love acorns).

Bird watching is a great activity to do with children.  It gives them an opportunity to become involved with nature and learn the habits of various backyard birds.  If you’re a bird watcher, what are some of your favorite feathered friends and how do you attract them?