Above the Fray

Subject: Blue Jay
Eagle Creek Park, Indiana
A blue jay perches in the shade of an old oak tree, taking a short break from the morning's frantic collection of acorns and keeping an eye on the other jays still hopping and feasting on the ground below. These large, familiar songbirds are known to be both aggressive and highly intelligent, maintaining complex social systems and forming tight family bonds. The blue jay's abundance and its love of acorns are often credited for the proliferation of oak trees throughout the continent following the most recent glacial period.
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