4 Natural Ways to Attract Blue Jays to Your Bird Feeder

Blue Jays

Blue Jays are beautiful birds that make a variety of interesting sounds. Here are four simple tricks to attract Blue Jays to your bird feeder. Blue Jays are omnivorous so they will help keep your yard clear of small insects like caterpillars, grasshoppers, and beetles.

1. Provide a Mix of Bird Food
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a Blue Jay’s diet consists of insects, nuts, fruits, and grains. In addition to common bird food like sunflower seeds, consider adding peanuts to the bird feeder as well. The peanuts could be offered as shelled kernels or as peanut hearts.

2. Let Nature Take Care of Pests
Insects account for a large portion of a Blue Jay’s diet. They will feed on common garden pests like caterpillars and grasshoppers. Instead of using chemical pesticide, let the Blue Jays take care of the garden pest problem for you. The Blue Jays will stick around as long as there is a regular source of food for them in your backyard.

3. Use a Platform Bird Feeder
Blue Jays prefer a platform bird feeder instead of a ground bird feeder. Do not put more than one day’s worth of food on the bird feeder tray. Make sure you clean the bird feeder on a regular basis to get rid of bird droppings.

4. Set Up a Blue Jay Birdhouse
Keep these songbirds around for a longer period of time by setting up a birdhouse in your yard. Mount the Blue Jay birdhouse along the fork of a tree where it would be at least ten feet from the ground. Blue Jays will feel less threatened by predators if their nesting site is higher up.

In addition to installing a birdhouse, make sure your yard has plenty of natural material Blue Jays could use to build their nest. This could include materials like twigs, branches, and roots.

Blue Jays may have a reputation of being aggressive bullies in the bird world but they can still co-exist with other birds in the area. Start working on attracting these intelligent songbirds to your backyard bird feeder.