866. Scrub Jays

Many Californians think of the raucous blue birds that we see so often as blue jays. But blue jays are actually eastern birds, and don’t occur west of the Rocky Mountains. The commonly seen jay at Asilomar is the scrub jay. Its head, wings, and tail feathers are bright blue, with a white underside. Above its eye is a streak of white feathers. It is frequently noisy and conspicuous when foraging, but quiet and secretive near its nest. Another jay seen at Asilomar is the stellar jay. It is easily identified by the black crest of feathers atop its head, its black, sooty front, and its bluish-gray rear.