Carrie wrote a thought-provoking post on the perils of being named after Georg Steller, but noted that his Jays were still doing very well thank you.

Though Steller’s Jay is usually associated with western coniferous forests, it can be found in many different habitats as well as town parks and gardens were they will take advantage of food left out during the winter.

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is rich in bird feeders and the jays find rich pickings. Each morning the feeders arrive with bags of bread and pockets of nuts for the birds and soon find themselves surrounded by ducks, gulls and sparrows. The jays appeared to be a little shy and kept their distance, but were quick to pounce when a tidbit was thrown within range.

If the rich blue of the was not striking enough, attention is quickly diverted to the prominent crest that is absent in other North American jays.

When a predator is close by Steller’s Jay s are quick to respond to the threat. and will often maintain a commentary of the predators movements with their rich array of calls and mimicry.

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.