Why Are FL Scrub Jays So Tame Around Humans?

First, it should be noted that all FL Scrub-Jays are not so tame. The further you get away from human population centers the less tame they are. I have been way back in the brush where the scrub jay is very cautious and absolutely will not come close to you. They more-or-less ignore you. For… Continue reading Why Are FL Scrub Jays So Tame Around Humans?

Recent Notes from the Field

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When I am studying Florida scrub jays in the field I will sometimes bring my phone with me to snap a quick photo or even to take field notes. This post is a gathering of the notes I’ve taken over the last several months. I do not in any way think these behaviors are exclusive… Continue reading Recent Notes from the Field

FL Scrub-Jay’s Interaction with Other Bird Species

There is typically a hierarchy which exists among animal species. For instance, the larger more aggressive breed of dog will typically end up ruling wild packs. I am no zoologist so I do not pretend to be an expert on this subject. But I can tell you what I have examined about the scrub-jay of… Continue reading FL Scrub-Jay’s Interaction with Other Bird Species

The Sentinel

The sentinel scrub-jay is tasked with the duty of keeping a lookout for predators while other birds forage for food or perform other daily tasks. There is no one bird slated for this task. They take turns doing it. It is an understood duty among the group that one bird must be on point in… Continue reading The Sentinel

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No Scrub Jays on Windy Days

It only makes sense that you tend to see less scrub-jays on very windy days. They probably don’t feel like battling the elements and for the most part will stay tucked away in the scrub. The bird isn’t the lightest or the most aerodynamic of the flying animal world. Many journals describe their flight as… Continue reading No Scrub Jays on Windy Days

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