3051Re: Steller's Jay learned behavior?
- Dec 1 7:51 PMBob - We have a place in Island Park, ID where we get a lot of
Steller's Jays. They get fed unshelled peanuts in the winter, along
with other seed and suet. They usually take the unshelled peanuts
first, even with shelled nuts next to them. They usually fly off
with the entire unshelled nut and stash them in various places, then
eat a few by pecking the shell a few times woodpecker-like to get at
the nut inside.
--- In MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com, "Bob Martinka" <birder_bob@...>
> For the past 5-6 weeks, I have had both Clark's nutcrackers and a
> Steller's Jay using my feeders regularly. The nutcrackers relish the
> unshelled peanuts I keep on hand for the occasional blue jays that
> stop by in fall. Suet is also a favorite of theirs. The Steller's
> seemed to eat white millet exclusively, ignoring the sunflower seed,peanuts
> unshelled peanuts and suet. The nutcrackers are dominant and the jay
> stays in the background when they are present and wait for them to
> leave. Beginning yesterday, the jay began taking the unshelled
> like it was an old hand at it and deftly extracted seed from theshell
> with a little bit of pecking. Was it the cold weather that promptedby
> the jay to begin eating the peanuts or did it learn how to use them
> watching the nutcrackers? Or is there some other rationalexplanation?
> Do others of you who have Steller's jays see them eating unshelledprojects -
> Or should I just get back to finishing my home improvement
> as I have been admonished to do???
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