Recently, on one of my adventure walks, I came across Darlo. She was placing peanuts on a tree and I just had to go up and ask her what she was doing. Darlo wearing a bright smile, told me she was putting peanuts out for the local birds, especially the blue jays.
Well, this is how much I know about blue jays. I had no idea that they liked peanuts. My parents were both bird lovers and provided bird seed to help feed the birds. But, I don’t remember seeing that many birds eating the bird seed.
If one likes feeding birds, then peanuts are like a secret weapon. They can be an expensive item to offer on a regular basis, but they do bring in a wide variety of new birds.
Did you know that the blue jay can sense whenever peanuts are put out within a 5-mile radius? One might not see them in one’s yard for months or years, but as soon as one offers peanuts in a shell, they can appear within days or even hours!
As I came back around following my usual walking route, I saw a crow snatch a peanut off Darla’s tree. He flew away carrying in its mouth, like it was a piece of heaven! I remember my conversation with Darla, who told me about the crows. They will eat anything and managed to snatch some of the peanuts, before the blue jays come.
I guess the crows better grab what they can before the blue jays show up. Once again, I didn’t know a thing about blue jays, until I did some research. The blue jays will gang up to attack other birds, and here I thought it was the other way around. The less attractive bird, the crow, I thought was the bully! Now, I can see ‘why’ the crow carrying the peanut didn’t hang around Darla’s tree. It knew it better scram while it can!