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Blue Jay

About the Blue Jay

The Blue Jay was officially named the provincial bird during the 1977 session of the PEI Legislative Assembly. It was chosen after a province-wide public vote held during environment week in 1976.

It is easily identified by its prominent sky-blue hood, wings and tail feathers. Its throat and breast are white, and horizontal black arcs accent the wing tips and long tail.


Common to the Island all year long, during the spring and summer, the Blue Jay secludes itself in woodland areas where it nestles, feeds and raises its young. In the autumn, it prepares for winter by gathering food - grains, seeds and suet. Winter is the ideal time for sighting the Blue Jay, its shrill cries cutting the silence of the crisp winter air.


Photographs

These photographs are provided to help you identify members of the Blue Jay species and are provided here courtesy of the individual photographers, who retain copyright. You may not reproduce these photos without permission. Click on any photo for a the full-sized version.

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Dwaine Oakley Location: Stratford Date: 10-24-03

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Dwaine Oakley Location: Stratford Date: 11-05-03

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More about the Blue Jay on the Internet

The following websites can help you learn more about the Blue Jay species. These websites are maintained by other organizations, and when you click on the links below, you'll be visiting their websites, not ours.

Seasonal Frequency

You can use the following as a guide to when you can most easily expect to spot members of the Blue Jay species on Prince Edward Island. This information comes from The Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island which retains and publishes records of bird sightings.

Spring
March 16 to May 31
(northerly migration)

Common, 10 - 49 birds per day
Summer
June 1 to August 15
(nesting season)

Common, 10 - 49 birds per day
Autumn
August 16 to December 14
(southerly migration)

Very common, 50 or more birds per day
Winter
December 15 to March 15
Very common, 50 or more birds per day

Nesting on PEI

The Blue Jay is known or believed to nest on PEI.

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