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Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 10 May 2019 09:09:18 -0400
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Thanks!  That's what I thought, but I couldn't remember for sure.

There have been other mast years followed by crop failure (happens
regularly), most notably resulting in a lot of squashed squirrels on the
roads, but I sure don't remember this Bluejay influx happening before. 
Guess I just wasn't paying attention...

When I was hawkwatching regularly in the fall, we used to marvel at the
huge numbers of Jays flooding past to the south every few years.

Jane Stein

On Fri, 10 May 2019 09:02:45 -0400, Ted Levin <[log in to unmask]>
> My visiting jays have moved on. Back to more manageable numbers; three
> be precise.
> There was *not* a lot of red oak acorn production this past fall—we had
> mast year fall of 2017. I imagine there was a lot of blue jay production
> last spring (like there were for gray squirrels and chipmunks) and that
> Northern New England winter 2018 could not support those jay numbers, so
> they cleared out . . . and now they're headed back north.
> A thought . . .
> On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 8:50 AM Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
>> This thread is fascinating.  I've also had a sudden influx of Bluejays,
>> not as many as other people are reporting, but way more than I usually
>> have, maybe a dozen instead of the usual three or four.  Thanks for the
>> suggestion, Martha, about throwing some seed on the ground to at least
>> partly divert them from the feeders.
>> Jays often go south in large numbers when the nut crop is skimpy, and
>> what's going on now may be all those hungry fellows coming back home? 
>> Just
>> a guess!
>> Jane Stein
>> (Shoreham)
>> On Fri, 10 May 2019 12:41:03 +0000, Martha Pfeiffer
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > The past four days my feeder and yard have been swamped by Jays.
>> Finally
>> > started referring to them as the Blue Pigs.Never before have I had so
>> many
>> > for so long.  I have other feeder birds hanging in the wings just
>> waiting
>> > to get on the feeder without much success.  I have started throwing
>> > seed on the ground which attracts the Jays and keeps them some what
>> the
>> > feeder.  Hoping they will move on soon, like today!
>> >   Martha Pfeiffer - Dorset