I saw this pretty bird on a trip to Monterey, California, several years ago, in the summer of 2008. I found these photos again while looking through my folders.
He is a California Scrub Jay. There is information about this bird here.
You can find them in open habitats, oak woodlands and chaparral along the West Coast, as well as in backyards, pastures and orchards. Typically, though not always, in lower and drier habits than the Steller Jay.
This was the first and last time I have seen this bird. Hopefully, one of these days, we will be heading back to California on a road trip. It is good to plan!
He is handsome. I have heard of them, but have never seen one. They do not live anywhere near here.ReplyDelete
Hi Ginny, sorry to say they don't. I have added a map to my post with their range. Thanks for asking :)Delete
I am always grateful when you share birds that we do not have and I will not see.
So glad EC and you are very welcome. I feel the same way when I see all those beautiful Australian birds you share, so thank you too :)Delete
He's a beauty!ReplyDelete
I agree, thanks Linda :)Delete
Magnificas e espectaculares fotografias.ReplyDelete
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros
Muito obrigado. Um abraço e uma boa semana contínua para vocês também :)Delete
Beautiful captured of the Scrub Jay! Take care, have a great day and a happy weekend!
Thank you Eileen, I wish you the same :)Delete
Thank you Rue :)Delete
Excellent photos love the third one. Have a good weekend, DianeReplyDelete
Thank you Diane, you too :)Delete
He is beautiful! We Have Scrub Jays here in Florida too :)ReplyDelete
How wonderful! Next time we go down there I will keep a look out. Thanks Martha :)Delete
Hello again, I was very interested in your comment Martha, so I did a search and came across this. So very interesting. Thanks again for the info.Delete
I thought so, thank you Christine :)Delete
He is much much more handsome than our blue jays.. beautiful bird, and your photos show every single feather and marking. well done on the photosReplyDelete
Thank you Sandra, I appreciate that. He was a very cooperative model :)Delete
Amazing bird and beautiful photos. You will meet him again sometime.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lucyna, I look forward to that day :)Delete
What a beauty!ReplyDelete
He is I totally agree. Thank you William :)Delete
Beautiful photographs you've shared here Denise, thank you.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Thank you Jan and you are so very welcome. All the best to you too :)Delete
Super series of images of the Jay Bird, where ever you see Jays they are such striking birds, hope you have your return trip.
You and yours stay safe.
Thank you John :) We will get back there one day. I agree, striking is a good description of this beautiful bird. You and your loved ones stay safe too.Delete
They are highly entertaining birds! They reside in my garden and I love to watch them. They even had a nest in our cherry laurel one year and I enjoyed watching the little ones grow and eventually leaving the nest. They're quite intelligent I think.ReplyDelete
Hello Carola, and how wonderful that must be to see this pretty bird so regularly in your garden, and to see their babies grow. I would absolutely love that experience. Thank you for sharing that :)Delete
This is so cool! We’ve never seen one in all our trips to California to visit Art’s sister. Someday.... when we can travel again, I shall have to keep my eyes open for one.ReplyDelete
That's great Kay, I hope it won't be too long before you can visit Art's sister. I am looking forward to going out west again so that I can do the same :)Delete
Handsome looking one.ReplyDelete
He surely is :) Thank you Margaret!Delete
You photograph the most beautiful birds.ReplyDelete
Thank you Gigi, they always seem to be very photogenic on the occasions when they stop long enough for me to press the shutter and button :)Delete