Wow, that is a super cool looking bird! Definitely looks like a mix of Blue Jay and Steller’s Jay features.
On September 6th I reported 2 Blue Jays in my yard. Today I had the attached at my feeder. It appears to be a Blue Jay/Stellars Jay hybrid. I was feeding a mealworm suet pellet. It appears the jays love it. I apologize for the poor photos taken through my window. I forgot to take the salt spray off of my lens after my futile trip to Tillamook looking for the red-necked Stint.
Merlin did not identify the call as Pine Grosbeak. Last we heard the bird it was flying northwest, in and out of the cemetary.
I just swept through the area, and expanded a bit. I encountered a few other folks as well, none of us were able to re-find as of 12:30 PM.
Thank you Linda, good timing, I actually have to drive right by there in a few minutes, I will take some time to see if I might re-find it as it would be a life bird for me.
And a quick aside about Merlin and pine grosbeak. I was at Leslie Gulch last weekend, and Merlin frequently would indicate pine grosbeak, but I did not quite trust it, I think it was being fooled by the many Townsend solitaires that were there – often when one would call, it would indicate both species. Merlin never indicated pine grosbeak by itself, and I never actually heard one calling. Must be something about those two bird calls that overlaps just enough to fool Merlin!
Female Pine Grosbeak near Morris Hill cemetery West side in neighborhood off Roosevelt between Denton and Clinton. Recorded on Merlin as well
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