Pinyon Jays are a noisy bunch as they flock together in the winter in southeastern Madison County. They usually travel with a flock of starlings and with the two flocks, they can go through a lot of food for a friend of mine.
They love sunflower seeds and are skilled at feeding on pine cones. Their long strong bill can break through the pine cones and harvest the seeds.
Some people believe that they migrate to Yellowstone Park in the summer, but expert birders think they become very quiet when paired up and raising their young. Experts believe that they stay in the same general area, but scatter through the local groves of junipers for the summer.