California Scrub Jay
Ingenious, opportunistic and social jay. Common in West Coast. Timing: year-round. Prefers open areas, oak woods, chaparral, backyards, agriculture. Large with a thin, straight bill; plumage is blue, gray, white, black. Split in 2016 from Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay which is in the Southwest. Scrapes out acorn meats with hooked bill. Wide variety of calls. Steals from Acorn Woodpeckers. May eat ticks off of deer. Diet includes insects, fruit, nuts, seeds, small animals. Oldest wild individual recorded was 15. Population ~ 18 million.