We’ve had a new bird in the neighborhood. I’ve heard them, and I had seen glimpses of them across the street in the neighbors’ yard, but they hadn’t visited our yard yet.
Until this week.
Similar body shape & tail to a mockingbird, but probably a third or more bigger.
Plus that gorgeous coloration, as opposed to the mockingbird’s shades of grey and black.
The first time I saw him he was doing a carrier landing right into a flock of house finches, scattering them, and taking first pick of all of the seed.
They’re also quite loud.
He also was quite bold, coming right up to the porch to get the untouched seed there.
Welcome to the yard, scrub jay!
Remember, there’s plenty to go around, let the little guys have some too.