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Mystery Blue Bird in Glacier Natl Park

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Old Saturday 29th June 2013, 23:22   #1
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Mystery Blue Bird in Glacier Natl Park

My daughter was hiking in Glacier National Park (Montana) on June 15th and ran across a blue bird with a black hood and long tail. Sorry this picture is not very good. It was approx a foot tall maybe taller. It flow around us several times and then stopped on these rocks. Can anyone identify this bird? They had a run in with a grizzly bear just prior to bird showing up and were in a hurry to get down to Avalanche Lake. Thanks.
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Old Saturday 29th June 2013, 23:26   #2
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All I'm getting from the pic is blue tail and back, black head. Best guess - Stellar's Jay. They are pretty close to 12".
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Hi and welcome to BirdForum. Your daughter photographed a Steller's Jay, a common western species related to the eastern Blue Jay.
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Pet peeve/nitpick: The correct spelling is "Steller's", with two "e"s.
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Pet peeve/nitpick: The correct spelling is "Steller's", with two "e"s.
Hmm, I'll have to remember they aren't as "stellar" of a sighting as I thought. (I am a terrible speller - but this might help me remember.)
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Steller's Jay has got to be the most commonly misspelled bird name on the North American list, or am I overlooking something?
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Steller's Jay has got to be the most commonly misspelled bird name on the North American list, or am I overlooking something?
Nope. Steller's Eider is much less commonly encountered.
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Yes I agree, long tail, dark blue, dark hood with crest and makes a racket. In the Bay Area you commonly see Scrub Jays hanging out with them in the parks and forest near urban areas, so you have double the racket.
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