Pinyon Jay, Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus


Pinyon Jay
Pinyon Jays have long been one of my nemesis birds; they are one of those birds that move about in search of their primary food, ripe nuts of the Pinyon Pine, so you more or less have to intersect with their wanderings if you're to see them. So I was delighted when a friend of mine and I identified a flock of Pinyons moving through a campground in a general area that they were known to frequent. But the nemesis held at least in part; they moved by us never getting very close, and foraging in brush and grass that obscured them. These were the two best pictures I was able to manage, and I've decided they don't slander the species, though they certainly don't advance the art of photography, so they'll be my Pinyon Jay pictures until I get better ones.


Pinyon Jay