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Old Dec 17, 2006, 9:04 AM   #1
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I'm not knowledgable on birds. I would have called this guy a blue jay until I saw others photos here.

Does anyone know the proper name for this bird?
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 9:05 AM   #2
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 11:09 AM   #3
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That is a Scrub-Jay.Possibly a coastal variety.....however, from the pic in my book it more closely favors the Island Scrub-Jay, which is supposed to be restricted to Santa Cruz Island.

Neat to see a different variety from what I usually seearound here.
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A Scrub Jay, huh? Doesn't sound very exotic.....

This was taken in the Angeles Forests, about 30 miles east of the California coastline...(even farther from Santa Cruz island)...at a elevation of approx 3,000 feet.

Does that help pin down the ID?
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 2:19 PM   #5
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Probably commonly referred to as just Western Scrub Jay.

Seems like a lot of the samebirds are given different names depending on where they are found. Gives them protection I suppose, if there is only a small population in a certain geographic area.

This can give you a better idea.....

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou..*****ub-Jay.html
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 3:25 PM   #6
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No matter what he is, he is a beauty and these are great pix!
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