Scrub Jay

Jim Dowling
Jim Dowling is a retired teacher and ex-railroad brakeman/conductor. He takes pictures, gardens and, on occasion, spins a decent yarn.
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2 Responses

  1. Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

    This is my favorite local bird, in large part because I love all the corvids. They’re pretty, smart, and ornery.

    I remember a huge wildlife biology conference at UC Davis when I was in grad school, with attendees from all over the world. Birders being birders, there were attendees stalking the campus with binoculars, building their life lists. I walked by a few of them gushing over the ubiquitous California Scrub Jays and Yellow-Billed Magpies.

    It was a little like seeing the world again through the eyes of a child.

  2. Jim Dowling Jim Dowling says:

    I agree, Steve. Something about those corvids. I just finished reading Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich. Good read. One of the many stories he relates is of a German University professor who occasionally robbed local raven nests of their chicks as part of his studies. The raven community caught on and kept an eye out for him. The man couldn’t walk across campus without being dive-bombed and harassed. No respect.

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