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Blue Jay – Cyonocitta cristata
The Blue Jay is one of Florida’s most commonly recognized songbirds. It is known as the alarm of the forest since it makes so many sounds. Its’ habitats are pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks and urban environments. I saw this bird in a line of pine trees along a road in Immokalee. It was flying from tree to tree landing on branches and didn’t seem to mind me taking pictures of it. The Blue Jay is a very colorful bird with crested blue head and feathers mixed in with white bands. It is an omnivore, eating fruits, nuts, and seeds as well as insects, lizards, rodents and birds. . It is not to be confused with the Scrub Jay. Across the street from where I took this picture is the Bird Rookery Swamp that contains thousands of acres of preserve with lots of opportunties to see birds and other wildlife.