Seen in the vicinity of the Downtown Eagle Fire Station
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Urban setting near some vacant lot
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
I came to see the bird that was reported by Julie Benton earlier that day around 7:15am. As I drove up to the fire station I saw it fly over the street and fly into a nearby tree. I parked on got great views (well lit) from 30 yards with 10x42 binoculars. I did not have a camera on me at the time. It did not vocalize for the 3 minutes that i watched it.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
No, not at all
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Definitely a CSJA, whitish under carriage, unlike the dingy-gray of a WSJA, overall brighter blue color, more defined/darker auricular patch, very much noticeable collar/breast band coming from around the neck an thinning across the upper breast (description by RL Rowland) who also saw the bird at a later time). We've had a CSJA reported this time of year in the area for the last two years which makes me think this could possibly be the same bird.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
It just sat on the top of a tree for the three minutes I watched it without vocalizing
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
I knew the ID the instant it flew over the road as i drove up mostly because that is what I was looking for and I had seen it in the area the last two years.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
I eliminated WSJA from the description above and seeing the presumably same bird in years prior.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I've seen this species many times in Oregon and I've also seen WSJA many times in Uah.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I've birded for 8 years and consider myself just above an intermediate birder.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (If any)
Many others have documented this bird with photos in eBird
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Reject, specific identification not established
I hesitate to accept this record because I'm not sure whose description this is or which date the description is from.
The description seems to fit that of the CSJA whiter breast - brighter blue
I'm convinced that this was a California Scrub-Jay.
Description eliminates similar Woodhouse's Scrub Jay. Also, at this location is California Scrub Jay is possibly more likely than Woodhouse's.
Other than not describing why this was a Scrub-Jay generally, the observer does note differences between this bird and a potential Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii).
Good details. Would be nice to have some physical documentation associated with this IBRC record, but this bird has been extensively photographed in eBird/Macaulay Library.
Key fieldmarks (separation from Woodhouse's) described ... an interest time of year for this record, and it has been seen there in winter as well. A resident bird?