Go Find It!

By MDC | March 1, 2022
From Xplor: March/April 2022
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Blue Jay

Is this blue jay happy or upset? Jays are found in forests, parks, and backyards. To learn more about this colorful, noisy bird, fly over to mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.

Scam Caller

Blue jays mimic a variety of sounds. To scare away other birds, they sometimes whistle like a hawk.

Crest to Impress

For clues about a jay’s mood, look at its crest of feathers. A happy jay keeps its crest lowered. An upset jay raises its crest high.

Baby Blues

If you find a baby jay, leave it alone. Its parents — who are probably raising a ruckus nearby — will feed the youngster until it can fly.

Only They Can Tell

Boy and girl blue jays look alike. But only females incubate eggs, so if you see a jay on a nest, it’s almost certainly a girl.

Stuff It!

If you see a jay with a swollen neck, it doesn’t have a sore throat. Jays transport acorns by stuffing them down their flexible throats.

This Issue's Staff

Artist - Alexis (AJ) Joyce
Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
Subscriptions – Laura Scheuler
Magazine Manager – Stephanie Thurber