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Attract the Blue Jay to Your Garden

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Birds rely on a variety of food sources that can change at different times of their life cycle. Some birds that eat seeds as adults require insects to feed their young. Planting is the best way to ensure you meet the needs of the greatest diversity of birds throughout the seasons.

Blue Jay

The diet of blue jays consists mostly of nuts, seeds, and fruits although they will sometimes partake of insects, small invertebrates, the eggs of other birds, and even carrion. To attract jays, start with an oak tree, which provides acorns, their favourite food. They will also eat the nuts or seeds of beech, chestnut, hazelnut, pine, or birch. Blue jays will occasionally nest in urban areas if provided with the shelter of coniferous trees, such as cedars, pine, or spruce.

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