To attract Steller’s Jays to your feeders, put out peanuts or other large seeds and nuts as well as suet. If you see jays hogging your feeders and taking large numbers of seeds, they may be carrying some away to store in a cache to help them get through the winter. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.
Find This Bird
Drive into the mountains, and as soon as an evergreen canopy closes over your head you can start looking for Steller’s Jays or listening for their scratchy, scolding calls. Also keep an eye out around feeders, backyards, picnic tables, and campgrounds, where they are probably already watching you, sizing up their prospects for a handout.
Watch for Steller’s Jays foraging for peanuts and larger seeds at your bird feeders – then send us your observations as part of Project FeederWatch or during the Great Backyard Bird Count each February.
Enhance your yard for jays and other birds. Visit our web pages on feeding and attracting birds.
Learn more about bird photography in our Building Skills section. Then contribute your images to the Birdshare flickr site, which helps supply All About Birds and our other websites with photos.
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Downloadable "Common Feeder Birds" poster from Project FeederWatch (PDF)
Where Is That Bird Going With That Seed? It’s Caching Food For Later, All About Birds, April 13, 2016.
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Look out! The Backyard Bird Alarm Call Network, Living Bird, Winter 2016.
“Anting” & Blue Jays: Taking a bath or preparing dinner?, Project FeederWatch, March 4, 2016.
Easy Food At Campgrounds Changes Jay Behavior, All About Birds, June 30, 2016.