Western Scrub Jay

Aphelocoma californica
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The Western Scrub Jay is common, permanent resident and breeding bird in the Refuge and surrounding areas. A few years ago it was a locally common resident in the area with one population in the south and one at the north end of the peninsula. The Western scrub jay is now found almost anywhere in our area. It can be seen perched on power lines, in trees, on roof tops, and feeding at feeders. It is quite bold and conspicuous. The Western Scrub Jay feeds on a variety of fruits, seeds, and insects. It also finds frogs, eggs and young birds, and lizards to be quite tasty.

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Facts About Western Scrub Jay

Mainly a ground feeder

Crestless

Non-migratory