Photographer's Note

Taken in Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park, in northern California. Their gorgeous blue coloring always catches my eye. They are common all throughout the western US; I often see them in my backyard here in Washington state.

"The Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is a jay of western North America, closely related to the Blue Jay found in the rest of the continent, but having a black head and upper body. It is also known as the long-crested jay, the mountain jay, and the pine jay. It is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains... Food is taken from both the ground and in trees taking the usual wide range of seeds, nuts, berries and other fruit. Many types of invertebrates, eggs and nestlings are taken and acorns and conifer seeds form a staple at some times of the year. It is a frequent visitor at picnics and camp sites."

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