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.
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?
>> a guess!
>> Jane Stein
>> 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.
>> > started referring to them as the Blue Pigs.Never before have I had so
>> > for so long. I have other feeder birds hanging in the wings just
>> > 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
>> > feeder. Hoping they will move on soon, like today!
>> > Martha Pfeiffer - Dorset