Blue Jays (my namesake) are nothing more than small "Ravens" with brilliant minds, wonderful personalities and forever vigilant. Unlike the "guineafowl" and other Phasianidae family, Blue Jays will not "RUN AND HIDE," they will tell everyone with a very clear voice of the predator, then go after it in numbers, either driving it away or giving you time to do it with them.
If Blue Jays are anything like their close relatives, Steller’s Jays, peanuts in the shell are definitely the way to go. The Steller’s (& scrub-jays) I see regularly in Reno are passionately interested in peanuts & will spend hours collecting & caching them (whenever I do yard work in the spring I find scores of peanuts in all kinds of places where the scrub-jays have hidden them).
Jays scatter their storage sites over a large area. Soft damp soils provide numerous locations and a quick means of covering the cache, so jays inadvertently put acorns where they are most likely to grow. Johnson and Adkisson found that seeds planted by jays had a higher rate of germination than seeds selected at random under trees...
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