The Steller's Jay is the most common jay of the forest of the Pacific Northwest. It is mistakenly called a Blue Jay by most non-birders. Named for George Steller, a naturalist on Bering's expedition seeking the Northwest Passage. When Steller first stepped ashore in Alaska in 1741 this is the first bird that he saw. Steller's Jay is great at mimicking the sounds of other birds, in particular, the Red Tailed Hawk.