One thing I have learned from blogging is what I see all the time and think nothing of, is new and wonderful to people in other parts of the country or the world. Take this Western Scrub Jay. Some time ago I put a photo of one on the blog and several people got all giddy about it saying things like they would give almost anything to see one. So I look in my bird book and see that, yeah, folks east of the plains states don't have them.
This fellow is a bit more rarer for the Western Scrub Jay as he is the coastal form common in parks, backyards and woodlands of coastal California. He is different with his white bib flowing into his breast as the regular Scrub Jay just has a white neck.
So I can understand, for when I see Painted Buntings and Cardinals on people's blogs I get a little giddy and would give almost anything to photograph one.
Oh, and I won't take this noisy, squawking, scruffy looking bird for granted anymore.
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