Date: 10/27/17 6:02 am
From: Lee French <golola77...>
Subject: [RV Birds] Re: A Steller's Jay can be a great addition to a list...
Never let it said that your brain can't provide a stellar performance.

On Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 3:31:30 PM UTC-7, Karl Schneck wrote:
> ... when you've been waiting 2 1/2 yrs. to add it to your house list
> (#123). I knew / hoped / expected to see one since they are only 2 miles
> away in Ashland but I'm in primarily an oak habitat so not ideal for STJA.
> I was so excited for what is often a common bird. I was on the couch
> looking out the window and saw what appeared to be a jay (size and shape)
> in an oak... at first I didn't think much of it, but it moved differently
> than a Calif Scrub-Jay (don't ask me what it was, it was just somehow
> different in my brain)... I couldn't see colors or the crest but just had a
> feeling, so I went out and confirmed my suspicion. I am fascinated by how
> the brain processes all the clues to reach an ID. Every time I see a bird
> for a fleeting moment, in the distance, with backlighting, etc. and can
> make an ID based on size, shape, behavior, and habitat it brings me a
> smile.

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