- Posted June 10, 2012 by
Lake Tahoe, California
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Travel photo of the day
Stellar Blue Jays Arrive!
I noticed this weekend that a pair of Stellar Blue Jays have taken up residences under an eve of a roof in Lake Tahoe.
To my surprise there is a nest with 3 eggs. When the eggs hatch Iwill be sure to show everyone the new born birds.
In the summer Stellar Blue Jays can be seen in the mountains of California.
The Steller's Jay shows a great deal of regional variation throughout its range. Blackish-brown-headed birds from the north gradually become bluer-headed farther south. The Steller's Jay has a more slender bill and longer legs than the Blue Jay and has a much more pronounced crest. The head is blackish-brown with light blue streaks on the forehead. This dark coloring gives way from the shoulders and lower breast to silvery blue. The primaries and tail are a rich blue with darker barring.
It occurs in coniferous forest over much of the western half of North America from Alaska in the north to northern Nicaragua completely replacing the Blue Jay in most of those areas. Some hybridization with the Blue Jay in Colorado has been reported. The Steller's Jay lives in coniferous and mixed woodland, but not in completely dense forest, and requires open space. It typically lives in flocks of greater than 10 individuals. In autumn, flocks often visit oak woods when acorns are ripe.