California Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma californica

The California scrub jay is perhaps not as common in the heart of campus as it is at the periphery; but where they are, they make themselves heard, with their rusty, raucous vocalizations.  These are smart, territorial, and inquisitive birds, easily identified with their bright blue feathers and distinctive white eyebrow. 

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For a picture of the first egg in a jay nest (later, sadly, along with two other eggs to be depredated by crows), and a juvenile jay, see here.

Photo Credit: Amanda Sparkman

Audio Credit: Amanda Sparkman