The blue on these jays is so deep and beautiful, I wondered if they are Island Scrub-Jays instead of Western Scrub-Jays. I welcome your thoughts on this.
Was on the path I was walking on and did not fly away when approached. Had twigs in its mouth. I believe there was another nearby.
Had just captured a grasshopper.
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