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Stellar Jay sunning itself

Description:

Stellar Jay Sunning itself

Habitat:

suburban greenbelt

Notes:

Photo taken Aug 2009


1 species ID suggestions

11 Comments

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

This is the posting I had seen before.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

I woke up this morning thinking about your Stellar Jay and it took awhile to find it, but I want it not only for the picture, but the information also. Thanks

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

It may have had a hard winter and wants that warmth again!

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 6 years ago

Really interesting detective work going on here. Thanks for Nictitating link... learn something new every day!!

csparr
csparr 6 years ago

Yes, Gale, that's the third eyelid aka nictitating membrane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nictitating...

Another reason why it could be anting -- not sure why it would protect its eyes if it were just sunning.

The bill being open, though, does suggest that it is cooling off.

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 6 years ago

great photo - it almost looks like it is protecting something

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 6 years ago

Interesting discussion .... I've heard of anting I hope that is what this one is doing. Did you actually see it fly off eventually?

Does it have a greyish covering over its eye, I know birds do have a protective lid. I'm also wondering about flying into window.

csparr
csparr 7 years ago

This could be a bird that is anting. Anting is really cool -- the bird lets ants crawl around its feathers, possibly to use the formic acid they produce to help get rid of parasites. I did a search on EOL for it and you can see (http://bit.ly/9Gk5Ug) that a number of different kinds of birds do it, including jays and crows. Or, it could be a bird that hit a window and got stunned -- then eventually was able to go on its way.

BennyV_
BennyV_ 7 years ago

Your heart must have been beating incredibly fast when you first noticed it there. Awe inspiring!

Yasser
Yasser 7 years ago

what a great photograph!

Mike Stanger
Mike Stanger 7 years ago

This blue jay (I believe it's a Stellar Jay) spent about 30 minutes sunning itself in the back yard. At first I thought it was injured, but apparently it was just soaking up the rays

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Lat: 49.26, Long: -122.80

Spotted on Apr 21, 2010
Submitted on Apr 21, 2010

Spotted for mission

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