The Conspicuous Steller’s Jay at 10000 Birds

by Larry Jordan on July 30, 2014

Steller's JaySteller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) photo by Larry Jordan

Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post on the Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) seen at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Carole M/Australia July 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

a magnificent shot at the Jay; a first to see for me

VijayRaj January 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Just gorgeous photos! Thanks!

Shari April 13, 2015 at 7:07 am

For more than a month we’ve seen a Steller’s Jay with a Scrub Jay. They’re definitely good friends … perhaps more? Is this unusual?

Larry April 14, 2015 at 5:46 am

Shari, according to Birds of North America Online, “Foraging ranges of Scrub and Steller’s jays overlap in coastal California; each species defends areas around its nest against the other species, but Scrub Jay generally is dominant over Steller’s.” Perhaps your two birds are first year immature birds? Apparently they don’t breed until their 2nd or 3rd year when males and females form apparently monogamous, long-term pair bonds.

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