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Florida scrub jay

apheocoma coerulescens

Description:

almost 12 inches long; these are juvenile birds (adults' cheeks are blue)

Habitat:

spotted in scrubland sanctuary

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13 Comments

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 9 years ago

I GOT MY SCRUB JAY YESTERDAY!!!!!

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/144...

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 9 years ago
auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

I have added a photo to show how notoriously friendly (and ultimately vulnerable) the Florida scrub jay can be. (from July 26, 2011).

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 10 years ago

Fabulous explanation Auntnance123! I would recommend your 3 paragraphs on the FAQ page for what to do/not do when photographing wildlife. Everyone should read it, just for the info. Thank you.

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

I hope this explains, Heather.
We have recently been reminded by the Department of Environmental Protection that without an official Fish and Wildlife Commission permit (or a permitted person being present) feeding Florida Scrub Jays peanuts can be considered as "take" and is not allowed. Recently a $175 fine was levied on an individual feeding peanuts to Florida Scrub Jays at the side of the road at Canaveral National Seashore.

The official position is that "Intentional feeding of a threatened species (including luring them to one's person), constitutes take (i.e. harass, molest, possess) as the activity alters the natural behavior of the bird by changing its diet and feeding behaviors as well as acclimating it to make contact with humans."

In regards to bird feeders in one's yard that may attract the Florida Scrub Jay, this presumably is not considered a 'take,' as the feeding is not threatened-species-intentional or a luring to one's person.

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 10 years ago

It's illegal to feed them? Do you mean like people feed seagulls, or regular bird feeders are illegal there?

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

Aren't they though. Little prince, he is.

LucBertrand
LucBertrand 10 years ago

Wow ! majestic !!! :)

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

I've added a photo of an older bird to show the blue on the head and cheeks.

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

@Heather--I use a canon power shot sx20. These shots were very easy: the birds were no more than three feet away. (I couldn't get a good shot of the one betweenmy feet).

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

Thanks. But it's pretty hard not toget good shots of these guys because they are so friendly. One almost landed on my head.

And I hope everyone who wants to visit with these birds will remember it's illegal, unhealthy and really unnecessary to feed them. They will come out to see you.

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 10 years ago

Nice detail! What camera/lens?

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

Good shots...we have them in Sarasota, too.

auntnance123
Spotted by
auntnance123

Cocoa, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2011
Submitted on Jul 19, 2011

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