Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 12-2000

Common name:

Blue Jay

Scientific name: Cyanocitta cristata
Date: 23 Oct 2000
Time: 23 (approx) Occasions
Length of time observed: 5-6 Minutes, maybe less
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Syracuse
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 15 Yds
Optical equipment: Natural visions and binoculars
Light Conditions: Sunny to cloudy.
Detailed description of bird: I think this is a young male although, gender is hard to tell with Blue Jays. He is very trim. Somewhat smaller than the Missouri blue jays I remember. (How do they get from the midwest or Colorado or wherever, to here, is what I wonder?) I'm glad he's here in Utah however. I marvel at "my" blue jay. I think he will stay through the winter, at least. He's got a good deal.

Bob, Thanks for calling, giving me birdline number, etc. Here are some of my photos, Liz Shaner.

Song or call & method of delivery: loud "jay, jay"!
Behavior: More timid than usual blue jays in flocks. Seems out of his element - because he is! Was chased off by a mourning dove once, He and 1 scrub jay just recently been visiting at the same time.
Habitat: Very tall, dense old tree shared by our property and adjacent horse property. All the birds hang out there & visit our nearby feeders - then back to tree - back to feeder, etc.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Very familiar with this bird as a common inhabitant of my St. Louis, MO home town.
Previous experience with this & similar species:  
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made at time of sighting: "wow!"
Observer: Liz Shaner
Observer's address: 2401 S 1800 W Syracuse, UT 84075
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Date prepared: 23 Oct 2000
Additional material: 2 Photos

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