Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
2177 County Road 260, Westcliffe, CO
County Road 260 2.177 miles from Highway 96
38.1764 N, 105.3567 W
Platform bird feeder on deck about 15 feet above ground level, house located in pinyon-ponderosa open forest with meadow in front.
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.
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.
None needed. The Blue Jay was unmistakeable.
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.
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Date Documentation Submitted
11/1/2006 5:43:00 PM