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California Scrub Jay (formerly Western Scrub Jay ) (Aphelocoma californica)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Aphelocoma
Species: californica


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Berkeley, California
Coto De Caza, California
Fair Oaks, California
Highland, California
Klamath River, California
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
Mission Viejo, California
Santa Cruz, California
Solvang, California
Winnetka, California
Reno, Nevada
Gold Hill, Oregon
Enumclaw, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Oct 16, 2015, 2QandLearn from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

They like to nest in our neighbor's Oak trees . . . and, to hoard the sunflower seeds I put out for ALL the seed eating birds. So, I'm thinking about getting a cage-covered feeder to protect most of the Sunflower seeds from birds larger than finches & Sparrows. . . . I used to grow Black Oil Bush Sunflowers & let the birds pick their seeds . . . but an insect that kills them before they can ripen any seed has made me start purchasing it. (I didn't know that you're supposed to go 4-5 years without growing Sunflowers, to keep those insects from becoming a problem.)


On Dec 13, 2013, nestboxross from Solvang, CA wrote:

A crafty noisy addition to our backyard birds. On most occaisons announcing their presence with a few cackles unless their is a crow or two around. Then the jays wait their turn after the crows have had their chance at our feeders. All in all a very inquisitive and interesting bird to view and observe.


On Mar 10, 2013, HeidiKHandmade from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Nice plumage, but often a nuisance. They steal from squirrels, hide things in the garden and roof shingles, scatter seed from feeders, and yes, take baby birds from nests to kill them. Also locally called "picnic robbers" for obvious reason.


On Jun 23, 2011, TVBennett from Enumclaw, WA wrote:

Great entertainer, diving the neighbors cat at every chance. One pair came into town about 10 years ago. Frist seen them over by the hospital. Now there are a lot of them. The Steller Jay leave when these guy come in to an area. I had one in my back yard about four years ago that had a miss shaped beak, he was having a very hard time eating. This year a pair is nesting on the block in some big shrubs.


On Apr 20, 2010, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

These are one of the more colorful birds we have around here and I have not had a problem with them.


On Aug 9, 2009, the1pony from (Pony) Lakewood, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

These guys are very fast and fairly timid around here- I've heard from folks in other areas that they will take food from a person's hand, but the ones around our house don't go for it. But they are gorgeous birds and a treat to watch.