Jays back first time since early May.
Dark blue and black bird with Mohawk feather pattern on head. Loud, confident and bold attitude. Eats unsalted peanuts. Was taking largest nuts first, flying away with nut to bury it and returning for more until all nuts were gone. Sometimes fit two peanuts (in shells) in throat and beak at once.
The Steller's jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body. It is also known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay, and pine jay. It is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains.