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.
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.