Documentation of Blue Jay

Observer Information

Reporter:  Steve Linderer   
Other Observers:  Margaret Linderer;

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Blue Jay
First Date/Time:  10/25/2006
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  1 minutes
County:  Custer
Specific Location:  2177 County Road 260, Westcliffe, CO
County Road 260 2.177 miles from Highway 96
38.1764 N, 105.3567 W

Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Platform bird feeder on deck about 15 feet above ground level, house located in pinyon-ponderosa open forest with meadow in front.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  None
Distance:  10 feet
Light:  Sunny, light wind

Description of the Bird

Crest, light face and breast, bright blue with black collar.
Behaviors: Loud squawk when it flew in to feeder. Grabbed a sunflower seed and left. We did not see it return.
Call: Squawk
Plumage: Adult

Similar Species Discussion

Pinyon, Steller's, and scrub jays were on our feeders at almost the same time. We first heard the distinctive call of the Blue Jay, which we immediately recognized, and which caused us to look out in time to see him visit the feeder briefly, take a sunflower seed and fly off. The bird was unquestionably a Blue Jay, which surprised us as we haven't seen one in this area before. We saw the bird only this one time, even though we have been watching for a return visit.

Resources Used

None needed. The Blue Jay was unmistakeable.

Previous Experience

Very familiar with Blue Jays having recently moved to Colorado from previous homes in Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, where Blue Jays were very common at our feeders.



Additional Information

Comments: We are submitting this because we do not see Blue Jays on the Custer County list.
Time: 1030
Elevation: 8300
Other Dates: None
Nearest Town: Westcliffe
Independent Observers:

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/1/2006 5:43:00 PM