A while back my brother asked me an innocent question that has stuck with me ever since. That question was “are there any common (translated local) birds you haven’t been able to photograph yet?”. At the time I think I said there were a few especially in the smaller bird category since I have trouble distinguishing the Sparrows from each other and some of those Wrens are just so damn hyper I can’t get a bead on them. Frequently, I come back to that question when I’m looking through a bird reference our even while out in the field and trying to decide if I want to make the effort to shoot what appears to be a common bird – “do I have that checked off the list or not?” There is usually some doubt after the internal debate since I don’t actually carry my list with me. Turns out there is one bird that fits this category and that is this one.
Yep, the uber common Blue Jay that inhabits almost anywhere you look here in the Midwest. I was going through my backlog and saw this set of shots taken in our woods one particularly dreary day. I was about to skip over the shots when I remembered the question. Might as well check just in case. To my surprise I did not have it checked off (remember that I do not officially give myself the mark until the shots appear on the blog). Apparently I had overlooked this common bird!
Hit the jump to read more about the notorious Blue Jay