Steller’s Jay

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The Steller’s Jay isn’t just another pretty face.  It is rather intelligent, can be quite persistent and has decent “people skills” for a bird. An opportunist who frequents campgrounds and picnic areas, one senses that this vividly colored bird generally gets what it wants with a disarming tilt of the head and graceful hop across the forest floor.  And, that it might be the life of any rollicking forest party with its repertoire of animal mimicry that includes dogs, chickens and squirrels.

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First spotted on an Alaskan island by Georg Steller in 1741, the birds are common in the evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest with a range that extends from Alaska to Mexico.  This little guy had a prime perch at the top of Yosemite National Park’s Vernal Falls where the occasional weary hiker might drop a bit of trail mix for it to enjoy.
 
 
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Updated from September 3, 2009.

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15 Comments to Steller’s Jay

  1. asfahan

    great blog keep up the good work

  2. I have spotted there is something inside its mouth. Interesting picture. You manage to get two good pictures, that is great!

  3. Good grief Heather, you just made me want to run out and get one of these for a pet.

  4. beautiful colour.

  5. Bring Back Pluto

    How can I get one of these beauties on the East Coast?

    I’ve never seen one. Quite stunning. Maybe we’ll change our favorite color from Pink to Blue!! Hmmmm…….

    Hope all is well with you.

  6. Asfahan: Thank you!
     
    Rainfield: These birds hang out in the overhead evergreen boughs within swooping distance of anything (like a bit of food) that interests them. Fun to watch!
     
    Funny Doug! You’ll have to run to the West Coast for one (which isn’t all bad!)
     
    Donald: Their azure coloring is striking and sparkles in the light. Quite attractive.
     
    Bring Back Pluto: I’m afraid you’re stuck with the more ordinary Blue Jay out that way (as am I). Your celebration of Pink was great, BTW!

  7. Suzanne Perazzini

    What a beautiful bird. I must include him in my current book which is set in a forest in Northern America. He will add a bit of color.

  8. From the ones I saw on my visit, they get more than the occasional dropped trailmix. They seem to thrive on five course meals as hikers settle into their picnic lunches.

  9. Beauuuuutiful photos, Heather!!! I have not seen a Stellar Jay before. Great post!!!

    Hugs, Nancy/JJ

  10. Suzanne: He’d be a great authentic touch (provided the forest is to the western US side!). Congrats again on your recent award!
     
    Mark H: So true! Not sure if “free lunch” was part of the intended use for their lovely coloring, but that does seem to be one lasting effect.
     
    Thanks JJ! Aren’t they pretty? I got some so-so shots of a couple on earlier trails, and then as we sat at the top of Vernal Falls one of the jays kind of found us.

  11. Besides its intelligence it is so bright and beautiful!

  12. Protaras Cyprus: The brilliant blue color is striking!

  13. That is a stunning pic! I don’t think I saw this the first time around. That vibrant blue is bluer than any bluejay I’ve ever seen.

  14. Isn’t that a beautiful bird, Rosalind? He had a vibrant personality to match ; )

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