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Happening

A Sad Day on Trail

I knew this day would happen eventually but how can you really be prepared for it? This past Friday while walking on trail I came around the corner and saw a spot of blue on the ground and knew instantly what it was. It was a dead Scrub Jay. Upon further examination I could tell […]

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Scrub Jay

Scrub-Jay Fledgling

Baby scrub-jays leave the nest at about three weeks. They are still very small and fragile but they can fly. Unlike many other birds they do not fly off into the wild blue yonder away from the area where they fledged. They actually stick around. Parents and helper birds in the family unit keep them […]

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Behavior

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 […]

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Behavior

Are Wild Scrub-Jays as Friendly as Tame Ones?

I am lucky to live near several locations where scrub-jays live. One of the location is a sanctuary and all the jays there have been banded and are tracked. It is a relatively small location and they run into a lot of people on a daily basis. It is surrounded by houses which I am […]

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Behavior

Scrub-jays Were in a Frenzy Today

Today, I was at the edge of some scrub right where nature meets human habitat. The birds were eating and stashing nuts as usual but they were acting jumpy, almost frenzied. I couldn’t figure out what was up. One female sat on a fence (pictured) and went through her calls like she was rehearsing. They […]

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Behavior

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 […]

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Behavior

Submissive Behavior

Yesterday I was explaining to a friend of mine a peculiar behavior I witnessed among a small group of Scrub Jays several weeks ago. Part of the reason I started this blog is because I couldn’t find this particular behavior documented anywhere online in regard to the Florida Scrub Jay. The dominant male of the […]

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Welcome

If you have found this blog you are welcome to use the information anyway you see fit. This is simply a collection of my writings about the endangered Scrub Jay bird which is endemic to the state of Florida. I wanted to document all behaviors and observations, many of which I have not seen documented […]