Cyanocitta stelleri

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Cyanocitta stelleri – Steller’s jay, Chautauqua Park, Boulder, Colorado, 2013.

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[channeling somebody] Oh! It’s so beautiful it makes me cry. So the Bible is true. [/channeling]

That is a very fancy crow.

A star among birds!

Unless that isn’t a typo.

Glen Davidson

We have these in our backyard – very beautiful, prettier than in this photo. Smart, tough birds, but the local crows have them outgunned and I think they do not succeed in raising young around here.

We have them here on the Ca. Central Coast as well. Handsome and clever corvids, they are.

… prettier than in this photo.

In defense of our jays, I can only say that it was a cloudy day and in the shade of the trees - I was lucky to get 1 or 2 shots off before a big bevy of bipeds came crashing through and frightened them away.

Matt Young said:

a big bevy of bipeds

The picture is of a biped – presumably, you mean featherless bipeds, with broad flat nails.

… presumably, you mean featherless bipeds, with broad flat nails.

Yes, sorry!

My wife and I were at a restaurant in Big Sur on the California Central Coast, eating outdoors on the deck, when a Steller’s Jay landed on the table between us and picked a packet of sugar out of the container, and proceeded to carefully tear the top off and tilt the packet and “drink” the sugar as neatly as if he had done it before.

When my family was vacationing in Rocky Mountain National Park, we enjoyed lunch at a picnic area near the continental divid. A pair of steller jays really gave us heck for not sharing our lunch with them.

https://me.yahoo.com/a/nJXpDPNige5s[…]1Hy87q#4ce87 said:

We have them here on the Ca. Central Coast as well. Handsome and clever corvids, they are.

A Stellers Sea Crow? Aren’t the extinct?

Corvids are fun. In some parts of the U.S., it’s possible to see seven species all within a mile or so (though you need a good altitude gradient). And I call that a day well spent.

A Stellers Sea Crow? Aren’t the extinct?

I was using “corvid” to mean the entire crow family (crows, ravens, magpies, etc.), which also includes jays.

https://me.yahoo.com/a/nJXpDPNige5s[…]1Hy87q#4ce87 said:

A Stellers Sea Crow? Aren’t the extinct?

I was using “corvid” to mean the entire crow family (crows, ravens, magpies, etc.), which also includes jays.

I was trying to make a pun. You mentioned corvid and coast, while referencing a Steller’s Jay. My reference was to a critter called a Steller’s Sea Cow, a critter that was hunted to extinction. Unfortunately, no one seems to have understood it. :(

What’s even more amazing is that corvids are one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth! By the way, where I live you can see a crow every day:

Il ya au moins un vol chaque jour à l’extérieur.

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