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Subject:Blue Jay behavior question
From:Alan Stankevitz <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Alan Stankevitz <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 2 Mar 2011 18:58:13 -0600

Betsy and the group...

I don't have an answer for you, but I do have another observation. I 
also study the 8-10 blue jays that visit my feeders every morning. I 
also have a routine...every morning I put a "cornucopia" of peanuts 
(shelled and in-the-shell), seeds, etc. on a feeding tray. Almost all of 
the blue jays except one or two will take the in-the-shell peanuts first 
before taking the shelled nuts (2 nuts vs 6 or more). The "smart" jays 
can hoard many more nuts by taking the shelled nuts first. Only a few do 
this and the stats seem to stay the same.

So it appears that the others haven't figured out that they can stash 
many more nuts by taking the shelled nuts first. It will be interesting 
to monitor them over coming years to see if they eventually learn. It 
does seem quite plausible though that over time they can learn from 
watching other jays.

Fun to watch no matter what the case!


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