Where Do Blue Jays Sleep at Night?

October 17, 2023

Blue jays are among the most familiar birds in North America. You can see them in the woods, at feeders and even in your own backyard.

Though they may be a nuisance at some bird feeders, many people enjoy seeing them in their yard. These intelligent birds are able to adapt to a wide range of habitats, from woodland edges to urban areas. They are most common east of the Rocky Mountains, where they are found in mixed forests and woodland edges. They can also be found in towns and suburbs, particularly where oak trees (a favorite food) are present.

During the winter, blue jays seek out dense evergreen vegetation where they can sleep at night. This is probably a survival mechanism to prevent predators from finding them in the snow and cold. They can find nooks and crannies in the trees to roost in, but they are just as likely to look for holes in the ground or disused nesting boxes or birdhouses.

These birds are very territorial and will frighten humans away from their territories, so it is important to keep your distance from them. If you have pets or children, be sure to keep them away from nesting areas and feeding territory. Blue jays are very protective of their young, so if they see you approaching a newly fledged juvenile, they will likely mob you.

In the summer, they build nests from small twigs. The female lays 2 – 3 eggs and incubates them for 17 to 18 days. The male brings her food during this time. Both parents will feed the young once they are ready to leave the nest.


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