So neat to see my first scrub jay! :) This was a really cool bioswale around the convention center too.
On Saturday, we had to go to some events in Portland, but in the aftetrnoon/evening managed to get away and go to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, about 45 minutes to the north, for a couple of hours. It was rainy with low light, so this photo didn't come out well. It was neat to see some common western species which I haven't encountered in years.
"Attached are pictures we took at our house this weekend for the Nat Geo Bioblitz. We saw your Facebook post requesting pictures."
- Kristin Ciofalo
Observation and photo by Kristin Ciofalo, sent to email@example.com.
The Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica), is a species of scrub jay native to western North America. It ranges from southern Washington to central Texas and central Mexico. It comprises three distinct subspecies groups, all of which may be separate species. They are California Scrub Jay (coastal), Woodhouse's Scrub Jay (interior US and northern Mexico), and Sumichrast's Scrub Jay (interior southern Mexico). The Western Scrub Jay was once lumped with the Island Scrub Jay and the