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FeederWatch Participant Video: Choosing the Right Peanut

September 2, 2011

FeederWatcher Bob Fitzpatrick from Shamong, NJ sent us this video of a Blue Jay in his back yard.

It’s hard to say exactly what’s going on here since we don’t really know what goes on inside a bird’s brain, but it is likely that this jay’s behavior has something to do with food storage. Jays and other corvids cache (store) food for later consumption.  It looks like this jay might be trying to find the best peanut for its cache.

(And boy does that chipmunk have big cheeks!)

3 Comments
  1. Long Island permalink
    September 7, 2011 10:50 am

    I have watched chickadees do the same thing with safflower seeds. They will “try” seed after seed in their beaks and then fly off with the right one. I compared the behavior to my experience eating pistachios. I always eat the easy open nuts first leaving the harder to open nuts for the more ambitious.

  2. March 7, 2012 3:30 pm

    Delightful! Maybe the Blue Jay’s looking for a particular size peanut, one to eat and one to store. Who knows! I see them doing this all day long in my yard and find it so amusing!

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