Date: 6/9/19 8:02 pm From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> Subject: [obol] Re: Jay Question
Sally and all,
To me, this bird looks more like a California Scrub-Jay, albeit one on the less colorful side. I see a rather well-pronounced white eyebrow, a rather thick bill with a curved culmen, a noticeable, quite well-defined contrast between the blue head and brownish back, and a very white underside. The breast band isn't as colorful or pronounced as in some California SJs, but still rather noticeable.
In my experience, Woodhouse's are really dingy-looking, with a pale grayish-blue head that fades into a grayish-brown back, a very poorly defined breast band, and dingy grayish underparts with bluish to bluish-gray undertail coverts. The bill on Woodhouses's tends to look thinner and straighter than in CASJ.
Oscar and I have seen birds matching that description in the Deep Creek Canyon southwest of Adel in years past. Unfortunately, this was before I had a decent camera at my disposal, and before the scrub-jays were officially split, so I have no evidence to back up our observations. But we always felt those birds in the arid juniper groves were Woodhouse's. We hope to revisit the area sometime this summer and maybe get some conclusive photos. I fact, I encourage anyone birding in southeastern Lake County to pay close attention to any scrub-jays and to try and get photos, if possible.
On Sun, Jun 9, 2019 at 12:43 PM Sally Hill <1sallyhill.9...> wrote: