The Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the Blue Jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It is also known as the Long-crested Jay, Mountain Jay, and Pine Jay. It is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains. (taken from Wikipedia)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I broke down and installed a bird feeder recently in our backyard. The most abundant visitor to the feeder is by far the Stellar Jay. I have actually enjoyed these birds since I was kid living in California. My parents have a cabin up near Lake Tahoe and the Stellar Jays have woken us up on Summer morning for over 40 years while sleeping outside on the porch.