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Steller's jay (juvenile)

Cyanocitta stelleri


Juveniles are browner than adults on their upperparts and head. This will become darker as they age.


Spotted foraging in the backyard.Tall mature fir and cedar trees along with a variety of maple and fruit trees. I also have areas of dense vegetation to attract birds.

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Tukup 3 months ago

I agree Brian, they are tough to get a good shot of. I could never catch them out of shadowy Ponderosa pine. This is a great shot. Thanks for sharing.

Saturniidae27 3 months ago

Nice spotting :)

Brian38 3 months ago

Thanks ornithoptera80. First time I've gotten a pic of one of these in the sun light. They seem to use shadows of the trees to their advantage. Only coming out in light for short spurts when foraging.

Ornithoptera80 3 months ago

Wow Brian, i have never seen a bird with so amazing colors before, Thanks.

Brian38 3 months ago

Thanks, Neil! These are the hardest birds to get a pic of (at least for me). I think because it was a juvenile its not as easily scared off as the adults are.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Beautiful bird. Well spotted, Brian.

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Federal Way, Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 13, 2020
Submitted on Apr 18, 2020

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