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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Two strangely colored Jays

Two photos of strangely colored Jays came in. One, photographed by Hal Fogel in The Sea Ranch, is of a Western Scrub Jay. The second is a Steller's Jay that Fred Leif photographed in Timber Cove. It is thought these two are partially leucistic, a birding term for albinism.

Both birds were shunned and even chased away by others of its kind. I think there is great value in being "one of a kind."

Thanks to Hal and Fred for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

1 comment:

Jeanne Jackson said...

Fred tells me the Steller's Jay is accepted by the other birds. But Hal's Scrub Jay is often chased away by its brethren.