UTAH'S BLUE JAYS
Scrub Jays & Steller's Jays
Fall & Winter 2007/2008 - 36 photos


I like birds. They are very colorful and fun to photograph. I don't have to go searching for them as most come right to my home, especially in the wintertime when I and many of my neighbors put out food for them. Sometimes when I am out traveling about I see birds and if I am lucky I get more photos.

I have thousands of bird photos, and have gone through them looking for some of the best. On these pages I will post some of what we here in Utah refer to as Blue Jays. Actually they are Scrub Jays and Steller's Jays. The true Blue Jay, found only east of the Rocky Mountains, has a smaller crest than our Steller's Jay. It is mostly blue and white having a lighter face and a blue crest, with a black ring around it's neck and white bars on tail and wings. (Pictured below).

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Eastern Blue Jay, not found in Utah - Photo by Saforrest, from Wikipedia
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The Steller's jay, found only west of the Rocky Mountains, is the western counterpart of the Blue Jay. They are residents of coniferous forests such as spruces, hemlocks, pines and firs, as well as oak woodlands. These birds are found from Alaska all the way into to Central America. Food is gathered from both the ground and from trees and the diet is much the same as the Scrub Jay below. Steller's Jays are often visitors to picnic areas and camp sites in the forest. This bird was named after the German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller.

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Steller's Jay

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The Western Scrub Jay is found in the west, from Washington and Montana all the way south into Mexico. They are non-migratory and often found in urban areas where they frequent our home bird feeders. They feed on small animals, bird eggs, young of other birds, insects, as well as nuts and berries in winter time. Western Scrub Jays inhabit areas of low scrub and brush, pinion and juniper forests, stands of mesquite and oak. They are known to hoard and bury or hide their food for future hard times.

Western Scrub Jay

I have two other sections filled with many types of small birds. There is also a section devoted to Hummingbirds and one for Eagles. Then there are many pages of different kinds of waterfowl.

It is hard to believe all the different types of birds that have visited my home here in North Ogden, a small town of Northern Utah.


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I used a Canon EOS 40D, 10.1 Megapixel SLR Camera with a Canon EFs 17-85mm wide angle to 5x zoom, a Canon EF 70-300mm, and EF 100-400 telephoto zoom lenses for close-up photos. Most of the photos where taken with one of these telephoto lenses.

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