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Sunday, August 2, 2009

AUGUST BIRD OF THE MONTH WESTERN SCRUB JAY











I have chosen the Scrub Jay as Bird of the Month for August. In my opinion the Scrub Jay is one of the most beautiful birds in our area. The Scrub Jay is one of the first birds I was able to ID when I started keeping my life list, they are one of my favorite birds and I love having them in my yard because of their comic nature, their beauty and they are fairly tame.
This year there were at least two nests of Scrub Jays in the pine trees that border our yard and we have had some very tame and comical juvenile Scrubbies hanging out in our yard this summer. Last year my next door neighbor brought over some peanuts they found growing in their yard compliments of the Scrub Jays. I love watching the Scrub Jays gather peanuts and pound them into the ground with their beaks then find a leaf and lay over the top of it. Some people complain that they don't like Scrub Jays because they are so aggressive and noisy and scare off the other birds. I have not found this to be true. While the smaller birds give the Scrub Jays plenty of room when the come around I have not found that the smaller birds are driven off by the Scrub Jays. Here is a little Scrub Jay info

Keys to identification

  • Size & Shape

    A lanky bird with long, floppy tail and an often hunched-over posture.

  • Color Pattern

    Blue and gray above, with a pale underside broken up by a blue necklace. In birds, the color blue depends on lighting, so Western Scrub-Jays often look simply dark.

  • Behavior

    Assertive, vocal, and inquisitive. You’ll often notice scrub-jays silhouetted high in trees, on wires, or on posts where they act as lookouts. In flight seems underpowered and slow, with bouts of fluttering alternating with glides.

  • Habitat

    Look for Western Scrub-Jays in open habitats of the West: oak woodlands and chaparral near the coast and pinyon-juniper woodlands of the interior West; also backyards, pastures, and orchards. Typically, though not always, in lower and drier habitats than Steller’s Jay.

Range Map

Western Scrub-Jay Range Map
View dynamic map of eBird sightings

2 comments:

dave and catie said...

So how closely related are the scrub jays to the black and white jays you told me to look for in Flaming Gorge?

dave, catie, and baby "b" said...

I like the range map idea. You should do that with each bird o the month.