Not Just a Stellar Jay

Like most of us, I’ve seen a few Stellar Jays. However, I’ve never before noticed that there is more than one model of Stellar jay. There’s the Pacific race and also a Rocky Mountain race.

As I sat and ate a sandwhich at Bryce Canyon National Park, a Stellar jay landed next to me and I took a few close ups. The jays on our ranch are not nearly as willing to be photographed as the jays at National Parks.

The jay at the top is from Bryce Canyon.

Now here’s a photo of a Stellar jay taken on our California ranch.

The Pacific race has slightly different markings and the eye markings are light blue and nearly invisible. Not so with the Rocky mountain version which has white eye marks that are quite visible and a coloring more similar to an (Eastern) blue jay.

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