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Bradley the Blue Jay
About this creation
Introducing Bradley the Blue Jay, the seventh bird for my North American Series of the LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO

Blue jays are natural forest dwellers, but they are also highly adaptable and intelligent birds. They are a familiar and noisy presence around many North American bird feeders. The blue jay's "Jay! Jay!" call is only one of a wide variety of sounds the bird employs—including excellent imitations of several hawk calls.

Blue jays are sometimes known to eat eggs or nestlings, and it is this practice that has tarnished their reputation. In fact, they are largely vegetarian birds. Most of their diet is composed of acorns, nuts, and seeds—though they also eat small creatures such as caterpillars, grasshoppers, and beetles. Blue jays sometimes store acorns in the ground and may fail to retrieve them, thus aiding the spread of forests.

Common in much of eastern and central North America, blue jays are gradually extending their range to the Northwest. They are fairly social and are typically found in pairs or in family groups or small flocks. Most northern birds head south for the winter and join in large flocks of up to 250 birds to make the long journey. However, this migration is a bit of a mystery to scientists. Some birds winter in all parts of the blue jay's range, and some individual birds may migrate one year and not the next. It is unclear what factors determine whether each blue jay or family decides to migrate.





























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 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
I'm not very into birds, so you can be proud I instantly reconized it as a blue jay! ;) Wonderful build and sweet colours!
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  September 23, 2012
Impressive work on the colors (perfect!) and the shape. Beautiful! Go for CUUSOO!!!!
  September 20, 2012
I absolutely love your bird series and would like to include in an upcoming art lego book. Could you email me at mike@michaeldoyle.com about this? - mike
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  September 19, 2012
The beak is perfect!
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  September 17, 2012
Do you have any tips on building my bird? I could really use 'em. :-)
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  September 17, 2012
I defiantly will! No doubt you are my favorite builder. My favorite it'd is Bobby. :-)
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  September 17, 2012
Quoting The color coated nazgul Fuller Oops! Sorry. I wish there was a way to like all your birds! Is there a way to show the tequneqe you use? :-)
Hey there, thanks for the likeys! Once I have finished the project I will start to show my secrets, giving a breakdown of the different tecniques I use. Maybe you can try your hand at building a bird, I would really like to see that!
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  September 17, 2012
Congrats on 3,500 supporters! I check every day! :-)
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  September 16, 2012
Oops! Sorry. I wish there was a way to like all your birds! Is there a way to show the tequneqe you use? :-)
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  September 15, 2012
Quoting The color coated nazgul Fuller Can I pleeeeeze have instructions!
I'm sorry but you can't have instructions because there aren't any....yet. You forgot to like the creation ;-)
  September 15, 2012
Can I pleeeeeze have instructions!
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  September 15, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  September 13, 2012
Thanks for all your likes and comments everyone! I'm glad you like Bradley!
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  September 11, 2012
This is a very special looking bird. Nice styling in evdoneery way. Well
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  September 10, 2012
That's beautiful!
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  September 9, 2012
This is one of my favorites so far. Well designed, as usual.
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  September 9, 2012
Awesome bird. I like the different shades of blue, and the head, of course. Surely one of my favs.
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  September 9, 2012
Fantastic job with the stripes and markings on his face, I just love these birds of yours!
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  September 9, 2012
Masterpiece!
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  September 9, 2012
WOW.....!
  September 9, 2012
I think this is one of the most beautiful bird in your series.
DeTomaso Pantera
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Chris Melby
  September 8, 2012
Tom, love the coloring, it really makes him "pop"! Very cool Broseph! Z
DeTomaso Pantera
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Chris Melby
  September 8, 2012
I want to add a quick suggestion Tom, I think it's time you spruced up the names of these classic birds, like instead of Bradley the Blue Jy, how about B-Diddy the Blue Jay, or B to the Radley the Blue Jay... just a suggestion... =D
 I like it 
  September 8, 2012
Oh my goodness me! He's definitely going into my top 5 favourites, hes brilliant!
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  September 8, 2012
We have these around here! This one looks spot on, maybe even good enough to fool the real birds in the backyard. =P
  September 8, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera You might change your opinion when I start building birds from New Zealand (which is very soon)
I don't think he'll like that either. He seems to want to deny any Kiwi heritage. He's all about the Aussies. He's a hybrid, but he must have a grudge against New Zealand or something because he won't stop talking about how awesome Australia is and then how New Zealand is just meh... The kid's wak.
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  September 8, 2012
Quoting The Timinater ! look, they're brilliant builds, but I'm just starting to get sick of them, sorry. Also, I don't see why you have them on Cusoo- they wouldn't make good sets... IMO.
I thought some people might get bored of them but you know what? I don't care, you are entitled to your opinion Tim but the important thing is I enjoy building them and will carry on doing so until I want to move on to something else. You might change your opinion when I start building birds from New Zealand (which is very soon) ;-) In regards to your CUUSOO remark, so far nearly 3,500 people would disagree with you lol
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  September 8, 2012
Is he a friend of Mordecai?
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  September 8, 2012
Beautiful as always ! Sorry that i've missed a few of them :/ But i must say they all look as amazing as always ! :)
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  September 8, 2012
look, they're brilliant builds, but I'm just starting to get sick of them, sorry. Also, I don't see why you have them on Cusoo- they wouldn't make good sets... IMO.
  September 8, 2012
Are you sure it's not Mordekai?
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  September 8, 2012
Love the shading of this - he's your prettiest one yet. P.S. Are you in the MOC Olympics ? Starts tomorrow :-)
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  September 8, 2012
Amazing job Tom! He has to be my favourite of yours so far. Surely there aren't too many birds left to do in the world at the rate you're producing these ;)
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  September 8, 2012
This is absolutely fantastic and it has to be one of your best yet. The detailed feather work is excellent. Still up for tonight?
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  September 8, 2012
Very nify bird once again!This is your best yet i think.How many birds can you keep without smashing for a new one?Keep going :D
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  September 8, 2012
Nice!
  September 8, 2012
Up in new england, most people dislike blue jays. Sure they kill hatchlings, and eggs. They dont stop there though, once a blue jay was eating at my feeder, and another smaller bird flew and landed next to it, so the blue jay snapped its neck with its beak. That was just what I needed to see when I was eating breakfast. Apperently they do these things not because they like to, but because next year there wont be as much competition.
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  September 8, 2012
Jayson is a better name
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  September 8, 2012
Nice, although, I think Mordecai is a better name if you ask me.
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  September 8, 2012
I'll be the first to say this; wassup Mordecai? (Regular Show FTW :D) Anyways, I love this, it looks exactly like a blue jay. Now make a party! (group of blue jays I think :3)
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  September 8, 2012
Because of this that you wrote, "...blue jays are gradually extending their range to the Northwest", we do see an occasional one every several years. But, mostly we see, as I have stated before, Bradley's cousins the Scrub Jays! And we see them all the time! I wish I saw Bradley's kind more often. Another great one! :)
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  September 8, 2012
This is a really nice one, Dude!
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  September 8, 2012
Easily my favourite of the series, and perhaps of all the birds. You've really fine tuned the shaping, and colour use is impeccable. Keep going like this and you'll reach 10000 in no time.
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  September 8, 2012
This is definitely one of your best (if not your best) small bird so far. I really like the head, the shaping on his body, and the colors on the tail. Oops that's the whole bird! ;-) I believe we have these flying around our house, but I'm not 100% sure ... I'll have to ask LB Sr. A properly brilliant MOC. 5/5 -LB Jr.
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  September 8, 2012
Great colour work.
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  September 8, 2012
yay! mascot for our home team! Go Jays! Nice build!
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  September 8, 2012
Hehe. I remember one of these guys was not happy with me when I accidentally discovered his nest. I honestly thought the tree wasn't occupied! Oh well, very well done! Looks just beautiful.
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  September 8, 2012
Lovely Blue Jay! I always like it when you give information about the particular bird you built! That information is always useful! Another great bird DeTomaso!
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  September 8, 2012
Reminds me so much of the Toronto Blue Jays' logo. I like it.
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  September 8, 2012
Really great design. I really hope that you get approved on cuusoo!
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  September 8, 2012
Quoting Alex B He's great! Looks just like the Blue Jays that come to our feeder! do have Blue Jays where you are?
Thanks Alex! Unfortunately not we only get this variety of Jay here http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/j/jay/
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  September 8, 2012
He's great! Looks just like the Blue Jays that come to our feeder! do have Blue Jays where you are?
  September 8, 2012
Magnificent design!All your birds are absolutely stunning!
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  September 8, 2012
Quoting Chris K I see these flying around my house all the time! I don't think the model could be more realistic!
You're lucky to see these for real, I would love to see one some day, Thanks for the compliment!
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  September 8, 2012
Quoting Lego Obsessionist Phenomenal coloring!
Thank you :-)
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  September 8, 2012
Quoting Mihe Stonee also a wonderfull captured bird! how many do you plan to do ?? It seems like a never ending story... ;-) !
There are 10,000 species of birds lol I'm not sure I'll build that many but I enjoy building them so much so there will be many many more :-)
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  September 8, 2012
Quoting Larry Pan I was wondering when you were finally going to build this magnificent bird! Love the colors! :)
Thanks Larry, he's a beauty isn't he :-)
  September 8, 2012
I see these flying around my house all the time! I don't think the model could be more realistic!
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  September 8, 2012
Phenomenal coloring!
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  September 8, 2012
also a wonderfull captured bird! how many do you plan to do ?? It seems like a never ending story... ;-) !
 I like it 
  September 8, 2012
I was wondering when you were finally going to build this magnificent bird! Love the colors! :)
 
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