Friday, July 17, 2009

Juvenile Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-JayJuvenile Western Scrub-Jay, Forest Grove, Oregon on 7 July 2009 by Greg Gillson.


The juvenile above can be compared to the adult that appeared in In the backyard... Western Scrub-Jay.

This juvenile and its siblings have been visiting my backyard for a couple of weeks. The gray, rather than blue, crown helps identify this bird as a juvenile. Another feature of this bird is the lack of the black mask shown by the adult. Finally, notice the pink skin at the gape--the back portion of the mouth where the two mandibles (upper and lower) meet.

1 comment:

  1. Oh yes, I am familiar with this one. I have a little "gang" of them in the garden these days. They are so funny!