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Common Name:Jay, Steller's
Scientific Name:Cyanocitta stelleri
Area:Oregon Dunes Overlook
Date:December 16, 2006

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.

Collier Memorial State Park, Oregon - - - - October 15, 2010

Reference:The Sibley Guide to Birds by Sibley
Link:Trip Journal - Oregon Dunes Overlook Hike