Blue Jay, Cyanicitta cristata


Blue Jay, juvenile, 8/13/08, Stratford, Ontario
The Blue Jay is a common species, but like others of the family (crows, ravens, magpies) it is also a highly intelligent bird, and tends to move away as soon as it sees a photographer paying close attention to it. As with other species, juveniles are less wary than adults, so the top four photos here are all of juveniles, marked by the gray nape and white chin, areas that are blue in adults. My single picture of an adult is at the bottom of the page.
 

Blue Jay, juvenile, 8/19/10, Stratford, Ontario


Blue Jay, juvenile, 8/13/08, Stratford, Ontario


Blue Jay, juvenile, 12/4/08, Boynton Beach, FL


Blue Jay, 5/11/05, Fort Hill, Eastham, MA