Steller's Jay ~ Deschutes National Forest ~ Bend, Oregon  by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Bend, Oregon during a visit with my sister with a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Stellar’s Jay is most common in forested areas of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific coast, It is bolder than Blue Jay, regularly approaching campsites to steal food. The two species sometimes sometimes hybridize where ranges meet. The subspecies macrolopha (Southern Rockies) has a larger crest and different head markings than birds of the nominate group (Pacific coast, Northern Rockies).

VOICE Dozens of vocalizations; foraging birds a raspy, rapid fire sh-ksh-ksh-ksh-ksh—k and a drawn out, descending shhhhhhhrrrrr


  • The Steller’s Jay and the Blue Jay are the only New World jays that use mud in the construction of their nests.
  • Although the reason is not known, they are occasionally observed far outside their normal range. Most of these far-flung individuals appear to be young birds.
  • They form flocks outside of the nesting season and often fly across clearings in single file.
  • A group of jays has many collective nouns, including a “band”, “cast”, “party”, and “scold” of jays.

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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful, great shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you so much Marvin! I was very excited about seeing one.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly!! Particularly interesting info!! I wonder what the reason is for their adaptability causing them to be found in other parts outside their range!

  • I am not sure, but I will try to see if I can find more info Blair, thank you Sir so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot – Wonderful colors… On the other hand, not sure what pundit suggests that Blue Jays don’t raid camps & such – they & the Gray Jay (Whiskey Jack) in Canada are bold as brass in my experience, & become extremely tame & wonky if urged, the little beggars.

  • Not sure, I just read it from my books and type it in. Though I do know that a lot of info out there is as a whole and not in a piece. I find that a lot of info out there is just that way. I find myself laughing when I read about something that “my birds” do that they say don’ Thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 5 years ago

    Kimberly, would you please send one of these gorgeous birds down to Ohio! I think this bird is fabulous looking, and I have never seen one here….your photo is fabulous…Laura

  • Thank you Laura. However I had to go to Oregon to see But I will write a letter and see what I can do…lol ~ ☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Chris Snyder
    Chris Snyderalmost 5 years ago

    I love Steller Blue Jays. They are some fun bandits. We just don’t get them here in the east. Nice contrast with the snow.

  • Chris, I appreciate the time you took to look into my world! Thank you for that as well as the supportive comment!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely bird … we saw some from a distance not too far from where you are!

  • I would have loved to watch them more, but alas my sister doesn’t have the, She kept screaming at me to hurry up!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    I can relate to that!!!

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